Private copying, what is it?


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Private Copy: positive decision by France’s Council of State


The association “La Culture avec la Copie Privée” greeted Council of State* decisions published today with satisfaction; they validate the grids pertaining to remuneration for private copy adopted in 2012.

These decisions reinforce a measure that guarantees the collection of remuneration for authors, artists and producers in exchange for the freedom granted to the public to copy works for their own personal usage.

The association reminds us that these decisions also consolidate a major chunk of funding for culture in our country: thanks to the so-called “Lang” law of 1985, which created remuneration for private copy, 25% of sums collected are injected into initiatives that foster creation, dissemination, live performance and training for artists and authors.

Such cultural initiatives are implemented by the societies that collect and distribute the rights. Every year, almost 50 million euros boost over 5,000 initiatives on French soil in all cultural genres and sectors.

*Joint sub-section decisions, 19 November 2014, 1) Research in Motion, 2) Canal Plus Distribution