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

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.

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.

A new EU Copyright law – a long-fought battle won


FERA, FSE and SAA welcome the European Parliament’s final vote on the Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market. This is a great achievement for European authors!

Over 100 organisations representing European Authors co-sign open letter in support of Copyright Directive


Authors are at the very origin of the copyright value chain for Europe’s cultural and creative industries. They urge MEPs to seize this once in a decade opportunity and support the successful adoption of the Copyright Directive.



The Federation of European Film Directors (FERA), the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) and the Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) welcome the vote on the Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market by the European Parliament’s plenary

European Authors’ statement in support of the Copyright Directive


More than 130 organisations of authors – writers, journalists, screenwriters, filmmakers, composers and songwriters – urge members of the European Parliament to support the successful adoption of the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.

It’s time to act! Sign the petition


Sign the Petition launched in March 2018 by FERA, FSE and SAA to support European screenwriters and directors in their call for a modernised EU copyright framework that includes all creators.