More than 1,600 artists call for the defense of private copying before a debate in the National Assembly

More than 1,600 artists from all walks of life, including many celebrities, took up the pen on Sunday, May 30 to defend the remuneration for private copying, under discussion in parliament as part of the examination of the text of the law on the environmental footprint digital.

In stand at Sunday newspaper, 1,661 artists, authors, filmmakers, illustrators have launched a call for “Refuse the amendment” which is to be debated on June 10, as it “Would further weaken the cultural world, already very affected by the health crisis”.

The call is signed by many renowned artists, including Abd Al Malik, Jean-Louis Aubert, Nathalie Baye, Benabar, Sandrine Bonnaire, Dany Boon, Alain Chamfort, Matthieu Chedid, Julien Clerc, Guillaume Gallienne, Gims, Jean- Jacques Goldman, Jean-Michel Jarre, Michel Jonasz, Angélique Kidjo, Rithy Panh, Pomme, Nicola Sirkis, Soprano, Vianney …

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The Assembly is due to debate on June 10 the exemption of refurbished electronic devices (mainly telephones) from the remuneration for private copying. The amendment, already denounced by the Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot, stipulates that “Reconditioned digital equipment will not be subject to payment of the remuneration for private copying, when this equipment has already given rise to such remuneration”.

The market leader, Black Market, singled out

Set up in 1985, this system makes it possible to remunerate artists and the creative world for the private copying of their works. This is “One of the pillars of the financing of our work”, a “Virtuous mechanism” adopted by 25 member states of the European Union, argue the signatories of the call.

Each year, the money collected by this system contributes to the financing of 12,000 cultural events and supports 200,000 artists, they add. And “Since the start of the health crisis, thanks to this device, more than 10,000 creators in distress have received emergency aid”.

They regret having to choose “Between ecology and culture”, stressing that they are in favor of the circular economy limiting the sale of new phones in favor of refurbished devices.

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“Do not oppose the 200,000 beneficiaries of the remuneration for private copying to buyers of repackaged products”, they argue, pointing “Back Market, the overwhelming leader in France in the sale of refurbished electronic products”.

The World with AFP

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