United against the extension of the panorama exception

02 May 2016

With the debates to begin on the Bill for a Digital Republic, the question of the panorama exception will be discussed from next Tuesday.

We, authors’ societies and artists’ and creators’ unions and associations, hereby solemnly affirm our complete opposition to the extension of this exception.
It must remain strictly limited to private individuals for non-profit-making purposes.
Anything more and the crack in authors’ rights would become an open breach!
Authors’ rights are THE concrete link between artists and their works. They enable authors to control the use of their creations and to derive income from them, essential to the vitality and diversity of culture.
With the attack today on public art, architects and sculptors, is it to be inferred that the rights of all authors will suffer the same fate tomorrow?
There are so many associations and they vary so much in their activities and size that such a far-reaching exception would be unacceptable.
For these reasons, it is vital that this reference to associations under the 1901 law be reconsidered by the Senate to prevent the provision from being diverted from its purpose.
Otherwise, not only would it unjustifiably call into question all the existing licensing mechanisms that work and that enable works to be communicated with due regard for authors, but it would also be a terribly dangerous precedent for all the creative sectors.
The relentless lobbying by Wikimedia, which has spared no time and expense on the subject, is absolutely astonishing. Let there be no mistake, under the guise of access to culture, Wikimedia’s action serves above all the purposes of the major Internet platforms.
Hence it is incredible to seek an amendment of the French law to the detriment of authors, as Wikimedia is demanding, rather than changing the licence chosen by this community in 2002 or the general terms and conditions of use of Facebook or Twitter, for example. A strange hierarchy of norms!
A decision that would sacrifice whole categories of authors to satisfy commercial or specific interests would be most unfair and incomprehensible to the already fragile creative community. 
France must continue today and tomorrow to be the cradle of authors’ rights, which has always been at the heart of its remarkable cultural influence.
Contacts Presse : 
ADAGP (Société des Auteurs dans les Arts Graphiques et Plastiques) : 
Coralie de La Martinière +33 (0)1 73 79 56 41 coralie.delamartiniere@adagp.fr
AFD (Alliance Française des Designers) : Marie-Noëlle Bayard
CAAP (Comité des artistes-auteurs plasticiens) :
Katerine Louineau +33 (0)1 40 12 50 76   caap2@free.fr -  www.caap.asso.fr
FRAAP (Fédération des Réseaux et Associations d’Artistes Plasticiens)
Léa Cotart-Blanco +33 (0)6 51 64 79 77 coordination@fraap.org - www.fraap.org
La Charte des Illustrateurs
Carole Trébor +33 (0)1 42 81 19 93 ecrire@la-charte.frwww.la-charte.fr
La Maison des Artistes (siège social - association) :
SACD (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques) : 
Pauline Ragot +33 (0)1 40 23 45 11 Pauline.RAGOT@sacd.frwww.sacd.fr
SACEM (Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique)
Catherine Boissière +33 (0)1 47 15 45 20 catherine.boissiere@sacem.frwww.sacem.fr
SAIF (Société des Auteurs des arts visuels et de l’Image Fixe) : 
Agnès Defaux +33 (0)1 44 61 07 82 adefaux@saif.fr - www.saif.fr 
SCAM (Société Civile des Auteurs Multimédia)
Astrid Lockhart +33 (0)1 56 69 64 05 astrid.lockhart@scam.frwww.scam.fr
SGDL (Société des Gens de Lettres)
Cristina Campodonico  +33 (0)1 53 10 12 15 communication@sgdl.orgwww.sgdl.org
SMdA Cfdt (syndicat Solidarité Maison des Artistes): 
Jean-Marc Bourgeois +33 (0)6 89 43 34 27 jmb.smda@gmail.com - www.solidaritemda.com
SNAC (Syndicat National des Auteurs et des Compositeurs)
Emmanuel de Rengervé +33 (0)1 48 74 96 30 snac.fr@wanadoo.frwww.snac.fr
SNAPcgt (syndicat national des Artistes plasticiens CGT) : snapcgt@free.fr www.snapcgt.org
SNP (Syndicat national des photographes) : contact@snp.photo - www.snp.photo
SNSP (Syndicat national des sculpteurs et plasticiens) :
UNPI (Union nationale des peintres illustrateurs) : unpi.illustr@orange.fr - http://www.unpi.net
Unsfa (Union des Architectes): 
Patrick Julien +33(0)6 07 08 81 53 dg@unsfa.com  - www.syndicat-architectes.fr
UPP (Union des Photographes Professionnels / Auteurs) : 
Serge Deleu 01 42 77 24 30  sergedeleu@sfr.fr - www.upp-auteurs.fr
USOPAV (Union des Syndicats et Organisations Professionnelles des Arts Visuels) : 
Jorge Alvarez Iberlucea +33 (0)6 62 66 94 36 alvarez.jorge@free.fr - www.usopav.org