New EU Legislation

Implementation of the new European Union legislation and review of existing

The European Institutions have been concerned about the impact of digital technologies for many years. In the past five years, they have had the creation of a Digital Single Market (DSM) as a priority concern, with the DSM Strategy adopted by the European Commission in May 2015.

Given the importance of distribution of audiovisual product for the online market place, it is not surprising that this involves a number of regulations and directives which will have a significant impact on the ecosystem of audiovisual industry and culture in Europe and beyond.

Ensuring that screenwriters concerns will be properly addressed in the implementation of this considerable body of new legislation on production and distribution of audiovisual content is and will continue to be a priority policy concern of FSE for the next period.

The goals FSE set itself in respect of this new legislation in its three year plan in 2015 have each been addressed in subsequent legislation, especially in the Copyright Directive, which, among many other changes :

  • brings authors contracts into the copyright arena;
  • introduces proportionate remuneration, thereby challenging buyout contracts;
  • promotes collective bargaining as a practical solution to issues of transparency and the application of proportionate remuneration.

It is ambivalent about the prospect for an Unwaivable Right to Remuneration for Online Distribution, but clearly acknowledges the imperative of licensing online uses.

The implementation at national level of Chapter 3 of the Copyright Directive in particular will be a policy focus of FSE and its member guilds.


Review of the CRM Directive

This important Directive intended, among other issues, to introduce transparency into the work of Collective Management Organisations (CMOs), who collect and distribute considerable amounts of money on behalf of creators.

The Collective Rights Management directive will be reviewed in the next years. FSE will pay careful attention to this review process.

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News on New EU Legislation

Joint Film and Audiovisual Sector COVID-19 Statement


The audiovisual sector could play a major role in the healing and recovery process after the COVID-19 worldwide crisis – but only if its basic infrastructure can be saved. 98 organizations & companies call for urgent financial support now and in the months to come.

Authors’ Organisations Joint Statement on COVID-19 Crisis


As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages our societies, including the cultural and creative sectors, authors’ organizations stand in solidarity with all those affected by the virus and we support measures taken to contain it.

LUX Film Prize Award – SAA FERA FSE Press Release


FERA, FSE and SAA celebrated European cinema and cultural diversity with a dinner, in partnership with the LUX Film Prize, in the EU Parliament.

Open letter to EU leaders from Europe’s cultural and creative sectors


As the European Council is debating on the future of cultural and creative industries, 90 organisations from EU Cultural and Creative sectors including FSE call on EU leaders to support an ambitious budget for Culture.

Transparency Triangle


A short video to explain why the so-called “Transparency Triangle” of the Copyright Directive opens up opportunities for collective action for audiovisual creators.

MEDIA must support audiovisual creators


Audiovisual authors’ organisations urge the European Institutions to stand in favor of creators by supporting European networks of audiovisual creators within the future Creative Europe Programme.

Private Copying Compensation Under Attack


European Creators’ statement on private copying compensation under attack from Apple, Huawei, Samsung.

EU Council formally adopted the Copyright Directive


The Authors Group (ECSA, EWC, FERA, FSE) welcomes the final adoption of the Copyright Directive and call on EU Member States to seize this historical opportunity to improve the livelihoods of all authors.

Audiovisual creators welcome talent-focused EP position on Creative Europe 2021-2027


FERA, FSE and IMAGO welcome the adoption by the European Parliament of CULT rapporteur Silvia Costa’s report on the proposed Regulation establishing the Creative Europe programme 2021-2027.

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