On 5 September 2016, the letter that you signed was given in person by French visual artist Daniel Buren to the Vice-President of the European Commission, Mr. Andrus Ansip. The final list of signatories will be sent to the President of the European Commission, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker.
On 14 September 2016, a week before the announced date of 21 September, the European Commission announced its « copyright package ».
Over 22.000 creators signed the letter to Mr. Juncker, and we are convinced that this made a great difference in the outcome of the text that was presented yesterday.
Thank you for supporting this crucial initiative!
The Commission chose to no longer ignore the transfer of value that is taking place online. It openly mentions this (calling it the “value gap”), and sees that platforms should not be able to make profits off your works without sharing the revenues appropriately. But, the battle has only just begun: although the Commission’s text is a first step in recognising the problem, it is far from addressing it in a way that will ensure a fair sharing of profits by large platform services.
The text will now go through the European Parliament and the 28 Member States (the European Council). It is essential that the voices of creators are heard and that copyright opponents don’t get away with pretending to represent your interests. If you want to get involved, contact your local authors’ society and see what you can do.