what was at stake
green position
what we achieved
what we did not achieve

On the online distribution of audiovisual works in the European Union

The European market for the online distribution of films and music is fragmented.

For example, a would-be buyer seated in front of a computer in France may often be unable to purchase a download of a film from a German website.

One prerequisite for creating a common market for audiovisual products would be the harmonisation of tax rates on physical and digital products and between different Member States.


What was the Greens' position?

The Greens support the creation of a common market for the online distribution of films and music, but are adamant that such a project must not end up weakening small, independent distribution networks and producers.

For example, we believe that all producers and authors must be entitled to receive royalties instead of merely receiving one-off payments for their works.


Did other MEPs accept the Greens' position?

With a view to strengthening the position of small producers, the Greens succeeded in securing a ban on buyout contracts.

This will allow the authors of works to take their share in the success of their creations.


Which points did the Greens lose?

Overall, the Greens were satisfied with the result of the negotiations.

Since education and culture are largely national competences and the EU only serves as a facilitator between the Member States, conflict over issues in these domains is rare.

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Procedure:Own-initiative procedure


Lead MEP:Jean-Marie Cavada (EPP)

Green MEP responsible:Helga Trüpel


Staff contact:Frédérique Chabaud (Email)