GESAC Extraordinary Meeting

SPA was present at GESAC’s (European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers) extraordinary meeting, that took place last February 8th in Brussels, where the recent positions of the European Commission on the collective management of copyright in the digital music single market were under review.

SPA was represented by the Cooperative’s President, José Jorge Letria, and the Director of the International Relations Department, Vanda Guerra, at this major GESAC meeting.

The executives of over two dozen societies had the opportunity to discuss several aspects of the directive now in preparation, which raises legitimate concerns and doubts, with the Head of the Copyright Unit of the European Commission, Martin Luder.  As the participating societies see it, Brussels’ position is increasingly unfavorable for authors in the name of the alleged interests of consumers and users.

During the meeting, common organization and work forms have also been reviewed in order to strengthen the position of European authors’ societies, whose number continues to grow as a result of new societies from Eastern European countries joining GESAC.

Lisbon, February 18th, 2011.

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