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Parliamentary questions
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16 November 2020
Question for written answer  E-006228/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Ibán García Del Blanco (S&D)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Buy-out contracts and protection of the right to fair remuneration of authors and performers for their copyright

In recent years, some platforms dedicated to the management and sale of audio tracks for use by third parties have been using buy-out contracts as a subterfuge, thereby requiring authors and performers to surrender their entire copyright in exchange for a single payment. In doing so, these platforms keep all future income generated from the use of these creations and circumvent the systems in place for collective management of copyright, which is an essential part of a creator’s income.

Under Article 18 of the Copyright Directive, Member States shall ensure that where authors and performers license or transfer their exclusive rights for the exploitation of their works or other subject matter, they are entitled to receive appropriate and proportionate remuneration.

1. Does the Commission consider that buy-out contracts ensure appropriate and proportionate remuneration for authors and performers?

2. Does the Commission intend to limit this type of contract by which platforms abuse their dominant position vis-à-vis authors and performers, who individually negotiate contracts which basically lead to the expropriation of their rights and legitimate income?

Original language of question: ES
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