February 10th, 2014

“Una parte equitativa para los creadores”: el Presidente de la CISAC, Jean Michel Jarre aboga por unos modelos económicos sostenibles para los creadores en el MIDEM 2014

“Some companies are making millions from our works and we deserve a fair share of those profits. The first thing we must do as creators is unite to speak with one voice ”

Midem, Cannes, France – 3 February 2014 – Electronic music pioneer explains why creators need to mobilize in order to get their “fair share” from the digital economy

Speaking at the 2014 MIDEM, the world’s music market, Jean Michel Jarre, world-known composer and producer, delivered a passionate keynote speech on “Fair Share for Creators”.

“Creators existed before electricity and they will exist after the Internet… We need to develop fair business models for creators in the digital world. The fight for our rights is a fight for our identity and the future of our culture,” said Jean Michel Jarre, President of CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers and the leading worldwide network of authors’ societies.

“This is a crucial moment in history for creators and culture. We need to sit together with the major Internet players and get the right business models in place. Make noise! As an artist, I want to use my role as CISAC President to sound the alarm. It is the “wake up call” that I believe each and every creator should have today.”

Although the global economic crisis hit hard on the creative sector, the hard work done by authors’ societies is paying off: the latest CISAC Royalties Report1 published this week shows that global collections reached a new record high of 7.8 billion Euros, representing a year-on-year growth of 2%. Yet, digital revenues account for only 4% of this global figure. “Right now, we are definitely not getting a fair share in the digital market,” said Jean Michel Jarre. “Some companies are making billions from our content and we deserve a fair share in that. The first thing we have to do as creators is band together and speak with a single strong voice.”

Referring to the ongoing consultation on copyright in the EU, Jean Michel Jarre warned “As the world is watching Europe, it is important that Europe stands strong on creators’ rights. Intellectual property is one of the main elements of our democracy, part of our human rights – our basic human rights”

(1) The CISAC World Economic Report is available at www.cisac.org or upon request

About CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers

CISAC, Serving Authors Worldwide

Presided over by electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre since June 2013, CISAC – the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers – promotes the interest of creators and rights holders worldwide and provide highest business standards to protect their rights.

In a globalised and digital world, CISAC’s main missions are to reinforce the worldwide network of authors’ societies, to offer global solutions and tools to creators and rights holders, to be their spokesperson in all international debates and to reassert authors’ inalienable right to live by their creative work. With 227 authors’ societies from 120 countries as its members, CISAC indirectly represents over 3 million creators and publishers of artistic works in all genres including music, drama, literature, audiovisual, photography and the visual arts.

As an international organisation, CISAC’s fundamental role is to enable authors’ societies to seamlessly represent creators across the globe and, in particular, to assist them in ensuring that royalties flow to authors for the use of their works anywhere in the world. In 2012, the royalties collected by CISAC’s member societies in their respective national territories topped €7.8 billion.

Founded in 1926, CISAC is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation with worldwide headquarters in France and regional offices in Burkina Faso, Chile, Hungary, and China. www.cisac.org

For any inquiries, please contact:
Cécile ROY, Director of Communications, CISAC, France: +33 1 55 62 08 86


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