IFRRO co-signs letter with respect to Spain’s private copying scheme

Organisations representing European authors, composers, performers, publishers of books and other print media, and producers in the audio and audiovisual sectors, have written a joint letter to Commission President Barroso, drawing attention to Spain’s copyright laws, and specifically to its rules on private copying introduced in 2012.

The joint letter highlights that Spain’s rules on private copying constitute a major setback for copyright holders, whose revenues from private copying have plummeted since 2012. The Spanish government should ensure that these rules are in compliance with EU law and case-law. By paying out private copying compensation from the state budget, the current system makes all Spanish taxpayers contribute, therefore cutting the link between the act of private copying and the payment of fair compensation due to rightholders.

Against this background, the signatories respectfully urge the Commission to proceed with the complaints launched by the rightholders without any further delay, given the vital importance that this issue entails for the entire European cultural and creative sectors.

The joint letter, which is available here, is signed by:

Idzard Van der Puyl, Secretary General, EUROCOPYA
Cécile Despringre, Executive Director of SAA (Society of Audiovisual Authors)
Véronique Desbrosses, General Manager, GESAC (European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers)
Xavier Blanc, Secretary General, AEPO-ARTIS (Association of European performers’ organizations)
Helen Smith, Executive Chair IMPALA (Independent Music Companies Association)
Olivia Regnier, Director IFPI European Office, IFPI representing the recording industry worldwide
Olav Stokkmo, Chief Executive of IFRRO (International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations)