Leading European Film Directors Oppose ICT Lobbying Against Private Copying
A group of prominent European film directors sent out an open letter objecting to the European Commission's plans to review private copying schemes across Europe.
The signatories are Pedro Almodovar, Ken Loach, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Lars von Trier, Costa Gavras, Nanni Moretti and Mike Leigh. They represent the richness and diversity of European cinema at its highest level: they all have been awarded the most prestigious international recognitions for their works (Academy Awards' Oscar, Cannes Festival's Palme d'Or, Venice Festival's Golden Lion, Berlin Festival's Golden Bear).
They call on the European Commission to support the principle of compensation for the private copying of audiovisual works, a system implemented in 20 countries of the European Union.
This letter has been addressed in the context of an inter-service consultation on Commissioner Mc Creevy's proposal to review, in an EC recommendation, the principle of private copying compensation. DG Internal Market's proposal is due to be reviewed by the other commissioners before the end of this month.
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