Verband Deutscher Drehbuchautoren e.V. (VDD)

Die Brüder Dardenne, Costa-Gavras, Fred Breinersdorfer, Bertrand Tavernier u.a. wenden sich mit einem offenen Brief an das Europäische Parlament

Im Folgenden der Offene Brief an die Abgeordneten des Europäischen Parlaments des Board of Patrons der SAA (Society of Audiovisual Authors / bezüglich des Gallo-Bericht zur "Durchsetzung von Rechten des geistigen Eigentums":

Open letter to the Members of the European Parliament regarding the report on enforcement of intellectual property rights in the Internal Market (2009/2178(INI))

5th July 2010

Dear Members of the European Parliament,

You will soon be asked to cast your vote on Mrs Gallo’s report regarding the enforcement of intellectual property rights in the internal market.
Whereas some voices have loudly criticised Mrs Gallo’s report and refute the consequences of piracy on creative works, we would like to give our full support to the text adopted in the legal affairs committee on 1st June and which will be soon debated in the European Parliament plenary.

We believe that Mrs Gallo’s report is a balanced one. It encompasses compromises between different political approaches on crucial provisions. It does not call for the criminalisation of Internet users nor for the implementation of the French graduated response all over Europe. Conversely, it recognises that solutions should be found both in the development of legal online offers and in awareness-raising campaigns and asks for an objective, independent impact assessment before any additional legislative proposal.

Today, creators no longer want to be held hostage to a fruitless and ideological debate on whether piracy should be treated differently from counterfeiting. It is of utmost importance that their creation should be valued, be it online or off-line, in their home country or abroad. As underlined in Mrs Gallo’s report, copyright is an enabler, helping creators earn a living and disseminating their works. Consequently, fair remuneration for all creators should be one of the first concerns of those who call for a European online market of quality and culturally diverse content.

SAA Board of Patrons signatories:

Fred Breinersdorfer
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Jaco Van Dormael
Marco Tullio Giordana
Agnès Jaoui
Roger Michell
Radu Mihăileanu
Bertrand Tavernier
Enrique Urbizu

Further signatories :

Michael Apted, Mike Barker, Marco Belloccio, John Goldschmidt, Piers Haggard, John Hillcoat, Tom Hooper, David Leland, Richard Loncraine, Kevin Macdonald, Gillies MacKinnon, Oliver Parker, Pawel Pawlikowski, Udayan Prasad, Michael Radford, Francesco Rosi, Iain Softley, Julien Temple, Nick Willing