BRUSSELS: The Federation of European Film Directors, FERA, made a public statement welcoming the decision of the Members of the Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee vote in the EU Parliament to limit the extension of the “Country of Origin” principle to news and current affairs programmes. The decision means that exclusive territorial licensing, cornerstone of audiovisual works’ investment structure, distribution and promotion throughout Europe are preserved in their present form.
Pauline Durand-Vialle, FERA CEO, said: "The EU film and directors community welcomes the EP Legal Affairs Committee position on territorial exclusivity: the widespread concerns of the EU audiovisual industry were heard. We call on the EU Institutions to follow in the EP footsteps in that regard, but also to provide European authors with a sustainable legal framework ensuring their fair remuneration for the retransmission of their works.
The complete statement is available HERE.