ECSA delegate Jean-Marie Moreau came to Brussels on July 12th to meet Françoise Castex, member of the European Parliament’s Socialists & Democrats Group since 2004. ECSA Secretary General Patrick Ager participated in the meeting as well.
Jean-Marie Moreau, who wrote hits for François Feldmann, Alain Delon and many others, received assurances from Ms. Castex that she considers that authors’ rights are indispensable to assure a return of value to creators. Talking about authors’ rights and new technologies, Mr. Moreau pointed out that it is crucial to have a legal framework and safety net to allow authors to create. Whilst it was acknowledged that authors may decide, and have the absolute right, to make their music available for free on the internet, third parties should not be entitled to take this decision for their own purposes. Finally, Jean Marie Moreau also pointed out that for the vast majority of songwriters and composers, who did not became international megastars it was only through the collective that they have a chance to bargain equally within a commercial environment. The role of their collective rights societies is therefore crucial and indispensable.
Both Francoise Castex and Jean-Marie Moreau agreed to stay in contact.