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ANICA and the 100 Authors Association voice their opposition against the SatCab Regulation Proposal

For the first time, the Italian audiovisual operators show a fully unified front, from authors to commercial broadcasters. A steadfast NO, against the extension of the “principle of the country of origin” to online services. A passionate call to the European Members of Parliament to delete art. 2 from the SatCab Regulation Proposal.

 

A Seminar on the Satcab Regulation Proposal was held on September 3, at the Villa degli Autori, during the Venice Film Festival.  A meeting of a technical nature for audiovisual operators to explain the many reasons behind such a strong position against Article 2 of the European Commission’s Proposal, which will be discussed and voted on by the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, at the end of September. This event presented an opportunity for an in-depth discussion, in which various players of the audiovisual world offered their reasoned opinion on what is happening in the EU on this specific dossier within the Digital Single Market.

 

The debate revolved around the issue of territorial exclusivity and of its fundamental importance for the very existence of productions developed by operators of multiple countries and, in particular, shed light on the risks that the adoption of this Regulation would entail.

 

If this proposal were adopted, a broadcaster holding a license for an audiovisual work for the territory of one Member State could freely make that work available online to the public (in simulcast and catch-up mode) in all EU countries. That is: “pay 1 get 27 free”.

 

The result would be a substantial restriction to territorial exclusivity within the EU, even though those exclusivities are fully legitimate, in accordance with current copyright laws. And regardless of the fact that this business model is at the core of a co-production system that the EU itself wants to stimulate, including independent distribution and the typical audiovisual business model around the world.

 

“No producer – stated Francesco Rutelli, President of ANICA – has the ability to fund a European project by drawing solely on the resources of its own country. The model on which pre-sales and co-productions are based requires at its core the exclusivity of exploitation on a territorial basis, which would instead be eliminated by the Regulation under consideration in Brussels. Online services are central to distribution. It is nonsense, now more than ever, to consider them “ancillary”. The European Parliament has a great responsibility, as it must express a balanced position in favor of European creativity, as does the European Council, through the representatives of each country”.

 

“For Italian authors, who are fighting today for a serious reform in Italy regarding their share of rights” emphasized Stefano Sardo, President of 100 Authors: “this regulation is a serious threat to both copyright and the world of production”.

 

At the end of the meeting, the audiovisual sector presented a position paper undersigned by the entire industry and addressed to European Member of Parliament. The Paper formally calls the MEPs to delete Art. 2 – which would extend the principle of the country of origin to broadcasters’ online services – from the Regulation Proposal.

Signatories include: 100 Authors, Cinematographic Authors Association, ANAC, National Cinematographic Authors Association, ANEC, National Association of Cinemas, ANEM, National Multiplex Association, ANICA, National Association of Audiovisual, Multimedia and Cinematographic Industries, APT, Association of Television Producers, Cartoon Italia, National Animation Producers Association, EPC, European Producers Club, FAPAV, Federation for the Protection of Audiovisual and Multimedia Content, MEDIASET, SKY, UNIVIDEO, The Italian Union of Audiovisual Publishing – Digital Media and Online.

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