French publishers join cultural leaders on EU Digital Services Act


Calling for an end to the ‘Digital Wild West’, French publishers are among 54 cultural groups sending messages to Digital Services Law negotiators in Brussels today.

At the Musée d’Orsay in Paris on January 1, “the six continents”, South America, Asia, Oceania, Europe, North America and Africa. Image – Getty iStockphoto: Marina

By Porter Anderson, Editor | @Porter_Anderson

‘The stakes are too high’

Fthe publishers of France—the national publishing union (SNE) – issued a forceful statement today (10 February) together with 53 sister organizations from the cultural and creative industries, demanding that negotiators in the European Parliament trilogue on the Digital Services Act take into account threats to the protection of copyright and the fight against piracy of online content.

Publication prospects readers will recall that Members of the European Parliament voted forcefully on January 20 in favor of the Digital Services Act regulatory framework, essentially the next step in the European Union’s efforts to limit the scale and scope of big tech companies, especially at a time when misinformation and disinformation on platforms have become commonplace in public life and discourse.

The Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act are progressing through legislative drafting procedures in Europe. The “trialogue” stage brings together representatives of the European Commission, the Council and the Parliament – ​​three entities – to work out a provisional agreement on a text drawn up from legislative proposals.

The Association of French Publishers is one of 54 national creative and cultural leadership agencies that publish a joint statement. Wisely they leverage their statement that France has just started its six-month term as President of the European Council.

Among the most significant developments initiated under the leadership of Emmanuel Macron is the One Ocean Summit which opened on Wednesday February 9 and will continue until Friday in the seaport of Brest. During the summit, delegates will explore the concept, as Paris has described it, of a Europe that reaffirms its vital role as a counterbalance in international ocean governance and plays its full role in mobilizing international ocean in 2022.”

And on land, as the trialogue continues in parallel on the Digital Services Act, France’s cultural and creative industries have sent a message to negotiators in Brussels with a statement entitled “Europe in the hands of the digital giants”. .

“We, actors in all the cultural and creative industries in France, specifies the text read by the negotiators, cannot watch in silence the questioning of the achievements obtained for 20 years in terms of the protection of our rights on the Internet in the world. full French presidency of the European Union.

“The Digital Services Act aims to strengthen the responsibility and duty of vigilance of all digital services; that is, regulating online content and protecting citizens against illegal content.

Logo of the European Council of the French Presidency dubbed ftw

“The intentions are there. And for the moment, the acts say the opposite.

“When the European Parliament and the Council vote to soften the responsibility of the big digital players and weaken the ability of rights holders to appeal against their pirated content, how to understand this?

“France, spearhead of the protection of our works and our content against the giants of the Internet, must seize, with the other Member States, this opportunity to put an end to the “digital wild west”.

“The stakes are too high to advance at a forced march on the grounds of transversal regulation or a constrained timetable. Legislation on digital services must remain of general interest, without weakening the implementation of copyright, the only guarantee of freedom of expression and cultural diversity.

“This is why we solemnly ask our government, our elected officials, our representatives in European bodies, to create the conditions for a start during the trialogue in order to restore consistency between the spirit and the letter of the law. digital, and in particular: better fight against illegal offers and content, including beyond the sole marketplaces, and avoid the weakening or even the calling into question of European and national achievements in the field of intellectual property rights.

“That must be the ambition of the French presidency of the European Union.

“Our sectors already have a long history on the Internet: it must remain a force at the service of all.”

The 54 signatories of the Joint Declaration

Image: SNE

The Association of Publishers of France has more than 720 publisher-members and is one of these 54 cultural and creative organizations which submit their statement to the negotiators of the European Parliament trilogue:

  • ACID Association of Independent Cinema for its Distribution
  • ADAGP Society of Authors in Graphic and Plastic Arts
  • ADAMI Civil Society for the Management of the Rights of Performers and Musicians
  • AGrAF Group Authors of French Animation
  • AnimFrance Syndicate of Independent Audiovisual and Cinematographic Animation Production
  • API Association of Independent Producers
  • ARP Civil Society of Authors, Directors and Producers
  • BLIC Film Industry Liaison Office
  • BLOC Film Organizations Liaison Office
  • CEMF Union Chamber of Music Publishers of France
  • CFC French Center for the Exploitation of Copyright
  • CISA inter-union audiovisual coordination
  • CSDEM Union Chamber of Music Publishing
  • DIRE United European Independent Distributors
  • EUROCINEMA Association of Producers, Cinema and Television
  • F3C-CFDT Federation Council, Communication, Culture – CFDT
  • FASAP-FO Federation of Arts, Entertainment, Audiovisual and Press – FO
  • FNSAC-CGT National Federation of Performing Arts, Audiovisual and Cultural Action Unions – CGT
  • GFS The French Guild of Screenwriters
  • GNCR National Group of Research Cinemas
  • PROCIREP Society of Film and Television Producers
  • SACD Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers
  • SACEM Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers
  • SATEV Syndicate of Audiovisual Press Agencies
  • SCA Associate Film Scriptwriters
  • SCAM Civil Society of Multimedia Authors
  • SCPP Civil Society of Phonographic Producers
  • SDI Union of Independent Distributors
  • SDLC Union of Distributors of Cultural Leisure
  • SEAM Society of Music Publishers and Authors
  • SEDPA Syndicate of Audiovisual Program Distributors
  • SFAAL French Union of Artistic and Literary Agents
  • SFA-CGT French Union of Performing Artists
  • SGDL Society of Men of Letters
  • SLF Syndicate of the French Bookstore
  • SMA Syndicate of Current Music
  • SNAC National Union of Authors and Composers
  • SNAM-CGT National Syndicate of Unions of Musician Artists of France
  • SNE National Publishing Union
  • SNEP National Syndicate of Phonographic Publishing
  • SOFIA French Society for the Interest of Written Authors
  • SPECT Syndicate of Producers and Creators of Audiovisual Programs
  • SPI Syndicate of Independent Producers
  • SPIAC-CGT Syndicate of Audiovisual and Cinema Professionals
  • SPPF Civil Society of Phonogram Producers in France
  • SRF Society of Film Directors
  • Union of U2R Directors
  • UCMF Union of Film Music Composers
  • ULM Union of Music Libraries
  • UNAC National Union of Authors and Composers
  • UNIFAB Union of Manufacturers
  • UPC Union of Cinema Producers
  • UPFI Union of Independent French Phonographic Producers
  • USPA Union of Audiovisual Production

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident member of Trends Research & Advisory, and was named International Business Journalist of the Year at the London Book Fair’s International Excellence Awards. He is editor of Publishing Perspectives. He was previously associate editor of The FutureBook at The Bookseller in London. Anderson was a senior producer and anchor for, CNN International and CNN USA for more than a decade. As an art critic (National Critics Institute), he has collaborated with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which is now owned and operated by Jane Friedman.


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