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ECSA's Coercion Committee gathers in Hamburg

Created: 2010-05-10 13:09:46
Hosted by John Groves, the Coercion Committee met on 8th of May in Hamburg for a day-long working session. “The meeting was extremely constructive, I didn’t expect such inputs. We have now an ambitious action plan for the coming weeks,” as pointed out by Committee Chairman Örjan Stranberg when concluding. Among others, the committee discussed in deep the growing business practice that acquiring a composing commission for a film- or TV- production includes signing off a “publishers’ share”, as high as 50%, to be paid back to the TV-station. This routine had been unanimously declared as an extremely immoral practice retrieving fees to authors’ societies on the costs of the creators, thus seriously jeopardizing the living ground of composers. The next meeting of the Coercion Committee is set for the 10th of June in Bilbao.

 

Left to right: Loek Dikker, Patrick Ager, Patrick Rackow, Chris Smith, John Groves, Örjan Strandberg and Lorenzo Fererro.