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EIBF NEWSFLASH 150 – 5 JULY 2018

CRUCIAL VOTE ON COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE: MEPs REJECT THE NEGOTIATION MANDATE

Today at 12.00 a majority of MEPs rejected the negotiation mandate based on the JURI Committee (legal affairs) position. If agreed upon, the mandate would have allowed the Parliament to negotiate the text proposed by the JURI Committee with the Council and the European Commission (so-called trilogue). Now that the mandate has been rejected, a debate will be held during the next plenary in September. MEPs will also be able propose amendments and a new vote will take place

Why is it bad news:

  • Copyright is the backbone of our industry. If there is no copyright, there are no booksellers. It is also the basis of many other businesses like cinema, radio, sport, TV, video, videogames, music, etc.
  • Despite the fierce lobbying of the creative and cultural sector industries, it seems that many decision makers have still not understood what is at stake.
  • The lobbying techniques of heavy-weight opponents such as Google have shown  no limits (E.g Wikipedia Spain, Italy and Poland blacked out today to push for a rejection of the mandate) , millions of € spent…and misinformation seems to have been spread deliberately
  • The debate seems to have focused nearly exclusively on the role of platforms, their “free”  access to content and their (non)- willingness to remunerate creators, and a strong fear of possible “censorship”
  • Some MEPs, with whom we are used to work and who have always been active advocates of our sector have voted against the mandate.
  • The next elections being in April 2019, the Austrian Presidency has to finalise ALL the files tabled during this legislation. There is a risk that this sensitive file be dealt with in a rush and businesses do not like legal uncertainty
  • At the same time the process might be a very long one if not completed during this Parliamentary cyle
  • The compromise on the table was the result of tough negotiations, there is a risk of destroying everything if MEPs start from scratch in September
  • Creators need to be paid and there is an urgent need to adapt copyright to the Internet age, especially for the use of material by Google and co.

Below, some reaction about the vote:

MEP Julia Reda, Germany, GREENS/EFA (pirate party)

Newsflash 150a

Andrus Ansip, EC Vice-President in charge of the Digital Agenda

Newsflash 150b

MEP Sylvie Guillaume, France, S&D

Newsflash 150c

278 MEPs voted in favour, 378 against and 31 abstained. Find out here how your own MEPs voted

FEP also published a press release that you can find here

Now more than ever is the time to support all creative and cultural industries, as strong copyright rules are key to a sustainable and vibrant creative economy online and offline.

 For more information contact fran@europeanbooksellers.eu

EIBF NEWSFLASH 146 – 3 MAY 2018

  • VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION DELIVERED A SPEECH ON COPYRIGHT AT THE LONDON BOOK FAIR IN APRIL
  • REGULATION ON PROMOTING FAIRNESS AND TRANSPARENCY FOR BUSINESS USERS OF ONLINE INTERMEDIATION SERVICES – PROPOSED LEGISLATION
  • SUCCESSFUL FOURTH INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY IN THE US

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JEAN-LUC TREUTENAERE APPOINTED EIBF CO-PRESIDENT FOR A SECOND MANDATE

Brussels, 26 April 2018

20140930-_DSC6628The European and International Booksellers Federation – EIBF – is delighted to announce that its former co-President, Jean-Luc Treutenaere, has been appointed for a second mandate starting as of mid-May.

Jean-Luc Treutenaere initially stepped down from his role of co-President at the end of January 2018.  Due to new circumstances, he has accepted with enthusiasm to keep an active role in EIBF governance and has recently been re-elected as President of the Syndicat des distributeurs de loisirs culturels (SDLC)Read more

Boosting the EU culture budget – A call from Europe’s cultural & creative sectors

The European Commission is currently preparing its proposal for the next MFF (multi-annual financial framework), to be published 2nd May.

Ahead of this publication, creative and cultural sectors have joined forces to ask for an increased EU budget for culture. In a joint letter to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the 70 signatories urge the EU to give a significant and much-needed boost to the EU’s budget dedicated to culture.

The letter with all the signatories can be downloaded belowRead more