Authors' associations and creatives from all over Europe came to Strasbourg yesterday with a clear message: "Dear European Union, please fix the Transfer of Value / Value Gap".
They urged the European Parliament to oblige Internet giants such as YouTube and Facebook to pay fairer compensation to creative artists.
After all, when people upload videos, photos and music on YouTube, or stream music on Spotify, Deezer, etc. these digital platforms earn money by adding paid advertisements.
The Belgian authors' delegation of Sabam was represented by none other than Axelle Red, who together with colleagues passionately advocated a clearer legal framework. On behalf of all European delegations, she handed over the petition "Make the internet fair", signed by more than 25,000 authors, to MEP Axel Voss during the press conference. An organisation of GESAC (European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers).
You can still sign the petition here: www.makeinternetfair.eu
Click here for the interview with Axelle in the VRT news of 17 April (in Dutch):
the Belgian delegation; left to right: Filip Vanes (publisher Music and Roses/manager and husband of Axelle Red), Olivier Maeterlinck (Manager Corporate Communication Sabam), Axelle Red, Tania Ghyselinck (PR/Press/A.M. Sabam)