European Authors call on MEPs to maintain their strong support to authors’ rights


The European organisations representing authors have acknowledged the decision of the European Parliament to postpone the adoption of its position on the Copyright Directive. The Authors’ Group now calls on MEPs to maintain their strong and cross-party support to reinforce the contractual position of authors in Europe so that the Copyright Directive can soon bring concrete benefits to authors’ rights in the European Union.

The Authors’ Group represents more than half a million writers, composers, journalists, film directors, screenwriters and songwriters in Europe. Today, the European Parliament decided to postpone the adoption of its position on a Proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital single market.

The Authors’ Group said: “We acknowledge the decision of the European Parliament to postpone the adoption of its position on the Copyright Directive. We now call on the European Parliament to maintain their strong and cross-party support to reinforce the contractual position of authors in Europe so that the Copyright Directive can soon bring concrete benefits to authors’ rights in the European Union. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help improve authors’ rights and to improve the social and economic situation of authors all over Europe.“

The Authors’ Group is composed of:

  • ECSA (European Composer and Songwriter Alliance)
  • EFJ (European Federation of Journalists)
  • EWC (European Writers’ Council)
  • FERA (Federation of European Film Directors)
  • FSE (Federation of Screenwriters in Europe)