As part of the Transfer Of Value issue, all eyes will be focused on the European Parliament in Brussels at the end of June. In April, authors' associations and creatives from all over Europe came to Strasbourg 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 or Deezer, these digital platforms earn money by adding paid advertisements.
Axelle Red, who represented the Belgian authors' delegation of Sabam, passionately advocated a clearer legal framework together with colleagues from all over Europe.
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).
Well now, the only way is up. If you are an author and you have not yet signed the petition, please do so now on www.makeinternetfair.eu. On 27 June, a new meeting will be held – this time in the European Parliament in Brussels – in the run-up to an important vote that can set a global precedent in the Transfer of Value issue.
Click here for the interview with Axelle in the VRT news of 17 April (in Dutch):