On the 21st of November 2017 the JURI Committee voted on the European Commission’s “Proposal for a Regulation laying down rules on the exercise of copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions” and limited it to news and current affairs programmes.
CEPI, the Coordination of European Independent Producers, welcomes this result and thanks the Members of the Parliament for their conscious and careful attention towards preserving the work of small and medium enterprises across Europe. Limiting the scope of Article 2 of the legislative proposal to “news and current affairs” will help preserve the work and effort of all European independent producers, ensuring the raise and the continue creation of European content which is diverse and competitive, to the benefit of European consumers.
The Chairman of CEPI, Mr Jerome Déchêsne, welcomed the result and said, “This is crucial to not only preserving the audiovisual independent production made in Europe, but also to helping them shape and engage with a European legislative landscape which protects the importance of sustainable cultural and economic growth in the audiovisual sector and strengthens cultural diversity, one of the Union's most important values”.
CEPI strongly encourages to endorse and to further support this approach in the forthcoming weeks.