Parliamentary question - E-002675/2021Parliamentary question

Protection of cultural diversity and European content in the audiovisual sector

Question for written answer  E-002675/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Christian Ehler (PPE), Sabine Verheyen (PPE), Maria da Graça Carvalho (PPE), Ivan Štefanec (PPE), Iuliu Winkler (PPE), François-Xavier Bellamy (PPE), Peter Pollák (PPE), Franc Bogovič (PPE), Sven Schulze (PPE), Tomasz Frankowski (PPE), Pernille Weiss (PPE), Theodoros Zagorakis (PPE), Henna Virkkunen (PPE), Ioan-Rareş Bogdan (PPE), Eva Kaili (S&D), Ibán García Del Blanco (S&D), Massimiliano Smeriglio (S&D), Lina Gálvez Muñoz (S&D), Andrus Ansip (Renew), Vlad-Marius Botoş (Renew), Klemen Grošelj (Renew), Ivars Ijabs (Renew), Elżbieta Kruk (ECR), Dace Melbārde (ECR), Cyrus Engerer (S&D), Angelika Niebler (PPE)

The audiovisual and film industry continues to suffer economic disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The preservation of the sector’s commercial freedom in order to agree full territorial exclusivity to ensure optimal financing and distribution of content is critical to the long-term success and economic viability of the sector.

Exclusive territorial licensing drives investment in content production and a wide range of distribution business models. This business model is not specific to Europe. Undermining exclusive territorial licensing and the commercial freedom to guarantee individual and tailor-made financing and distribution arrangements would adversely impact the film and audiovisual industry and consumer welfare – by limiting the content and services on offer.


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