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Urgent - Panorama exception

29/06/2015
Urgent - Panorama exception

Artists, you can act. Tell you MPs to confirme the JURI report!

The past 16th of June, we won an important battle for the defence of copyright: the Reda report has been almost unanimously modified by the Committee on Legal Affairs of the European Parliament. Henceforth it prescribes that anywhere in Europe, ones recognise the necessity to get an authorization of the authors, when theirs works located in the public space (architecture, sculptures, frescos, stencils, graffs…) are used for commercial issues.

This principle is already recognised in 16 of the 28 European countries, as France Italy, Spain, Belgium…

On the 9th of July, the European Parliament will have to reach a decision on plenary session. With this deadline in mind, Mrs Reda agitates the Internet community in order to counter the vote of the Committee on Legal Affairs and create an exception of panorama, led by the Pirate Party.

That is why it is needed that artists take action for the defence of their rights and ask to all the European deputies to corroborate the vote of the Committee on Legal Affairs.

The Pirate Party agitates numerous fantasies. For instance it affirms that without the exception of panorama, taking pictures of artworks located in the public space would be forbidden, and that Internet users could not upload them on social media anymore. That is wrong. Anyone can witness that today, numerous artworks – and not only some from the public space – are uploaded by citizens on their social networks accounts and personal profiles and that no one has ever been sued for doing that. The vote of the Committee of Legal Affairs does not question these practices. It is wrong to say that it is freedom-destroying.

The Pirate Party goes even further: it ask for the modifications of the artworks and their commercial use to be out of control of the authors!

Artists, you can help: contact the European MEPs, from all political sides and from all countries, to keep controlling the commercial uses of your artworks and assert your refusal to see them modified, denatured and used for advertisements for causes of products that you do not support.