10 December 2015
On 9 December the European Commission announced its proposals for copyright reform. The SoA welcomes the Communication which puts the need for authors to be fairly remunerated at the heart of achieving ‘a modern, more European copyright framework’.
The SoA has contributed to the ongoing process to review and reform European copyright, making submissions and lobbying in tandem as part of the European Writers’ Council. As part of The Authors’ Group, along with other creator rights’ advocacy groups, the EWC has issued a statement in response to the Communication which we fully support.
We particularly welcome the Communication's recognition of the weak bargaining position of authors and the need to ensure protection against unfair contracts – the subject of our current C.R.E.A.T.O.R campaign.