Magazine article Screen International

Copyright on Agenda at Ansip Meeting with European Filmmakers

Magazine article Screen International

Copyright on Agenda at Ansip Meeting with European Filmmakers

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The European Commission's plans for copyright reform have been discussed today (Friday Nov 13) at a meeting hosted by the EC's vice-president Andrus Ansip in Brussels with a delegation of filmmakers, including Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius and Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier.

The delegation also included UniFrance Films president Jean-Paul Salomé, German screenwriter Fred Breinersdorfer (co-screenwriter of the Berlinale Competition title 13 Minutes), Belgian actor-writer-director Lucas Belvaux, Polish producer-director Dariusz Jablonski, vice-president of the European Producers Club, and the French filmmakers Eric Lartigau (La Famille Bélier) and Dante Desarthe (Le système de Ponzi), co-presidents of the L'ARP producers' association, and Denmark's Annette J. Olesen, director of the crime thriller The Shooter.

The high-level rendez-vous comes less than a week before Ansip will be travelling to his home country for the European Film Forum (18-19 November) during this year's Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn (Nov 13-29), and comes just days after the leaking of the EC's draftcommunication on "a modern, more European copyright framework" in its Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy.

Today's exchange of views with Commissioner Ansip follows on from a meeting of European filmmakers with the digital society and economy commissioner Günther Oettinger during last May's Cannes Film Festival.

In June, Ansip had spent an hour discussing the Commission's plans for copyright reform with veteran French director Bertrand Tavernier and UK filmmakers Roger Michell and Hugh Stoddart, who are patrons of the Brussels-based Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA).

However, shortly after that meeting, Tavernier sent a letter to the Commissioner, pointing out that, even though Ansip spoke about cinema, it seemed that "you think about music, your examples and references are based on the music industry. Whereas the financing of music is nothing like that of cinema."

Tavernier argued that priority should be given to "repair the injustices suffered by writers and directors who receive no royalties for the exploitation of their works in many countries" and suggested that this issue was "much more serious" than the lack of portability. …

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