2 May 2017

The signatories, representing film and TV directors, screenwriters, performers and other creators, media workers, producers, distributors and publishers of film and television content, cinemas, commercial broadcasters, sports rights owners and collecting societies, are concerned that the proposed Regulation on country-of-origin licensing of certain online services by broadcasters threatens cultural diversity, growth and sustainable jobs for creative talent and skilled workers, as well as future investments in the audiovisual sector in Europe.

These concerns are shared by several Member States. At this critical stage of the legislative process, the signatories therefore “respectfully urge the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union to reject and abandon the Commission’s proposed application of country-of-origin licensing which undermines the entire audiovisual eco-system in Europe.”

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Translation available in Czech, Italian, French, German and Spanish.