112 organisations across Europe call the European Commission to protect creativity, sports & culture

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Brussels, 5 October 2022. We, the undersigned, call on the European Union to address the issue of piracy and particularly live content piracy. Piracy has and continues to drain Europe’s creative and cultural ecosystems, sports and live performance sectors depriving workers and industries from billions in annual revenues and undermining the sustainability of an essential part of our social and economic fabric.
We call on the European Commission to deliver a legislative instrument to tackle live content piracy as a firm commitment from the European Executive branch to address this issue with adequate measures. Notably, guaranteeing that notified illegal content is taken down immediately and blocked before the live event terminates.
In so doing, we recall that such measures build on the existing corpus of European and national laws to deliver effective tools to fight and disable piracy networks. Networks incorporating a number of criminal operators that use piracy as a means to launder gains from illegal activities.
It is Europe’s duty to protect and promote its world leading creative and cultural workforce and industrial base as well as preserving consumers from the risks tied to piracy.
Any non-legislative instruments would be inadequate and insufficient to address the magnitude of the problem. Only a European wide regulation could provide an appropriate answer.
We encourage the European Commission to act firmly and rapidly towards proposing such an instrument.

Signatories (alphabetical order)

  1. A+E Networks EMEA
  3. AMC Networks International
  5. Asociación clubes baloncesto
  6. Asociaţia Română de Comunicaţii Audiovizuale
  7. Association of Bulgarian Broadcasters
  8. Association of Commercial Television and Video on Demand Services in Europe
  9. Association of Danish ensembles, orchestras and opera institutions
  10. Association of music festivals
  11. Association of the Professional theatres in the Czech Republic
  12. Association professionnelle des régies publicitaires TV et radio
  13. Association Sygnał
  14. ATP Media
  15. Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance
  16. Australian Football League
  17. beIN Sports
  18. British Horseracing Authority
  19. BT Sport
  20. Bulgarian Association of employers in Culture
  21. Canal+ Group
  22. Central European Media Enterprises
  23. Confindustria Radio Televisioni
  25. Cricket Australia
  26. DAZN
  27. Deutsche Fussball Liga
  28. Deutscher Fussbal-Bund
  29. Discovery+
  30. Ekstraklasa
  31. England and Wales Cricket Board
  32. England Rugby
  33. English Football League
  34. Euroleague Basketball
  35. European Arenas Association
  36. European Professional Club Rugby
  37. European Tour
  38. Eurosport
  39. Federation Equestre Internationale
  40. Fédération Française de Rugby
  41. Fédération Française de Tennis
  42. Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry
  43. Federazione per la Tutela delle      Industrie dei Contenuti Audiovisivi e Multimediali
  44. FIFA
  45. Football DataCo
  46. Global Cycling Network
  47. Guinness Six Nations
  48. Indian Premier League
  49. International Cricket Council
  50. International Netball  Federation
  51. International Paralympic Committee
  52. International Tennis Federation
  53. KIGEiT – Krajowa Izba Gospodarcza Elektroniki i Telekomunikacji
  54. Ladies European Tour
  55. LaLiga
  56. Ligue de Football Professionnel
  57. London Marathon
  58. Mediapro
  59. Mediaset España
  60. Mediaset S.p.A.
  61. Motion Picture Association EMEA
  62. Moto GP
  63. News Media Europe
  64. Nova Broadcasting Group
  65. Nova Greece (Wind)
  66. Nova TV Croatia
  67. NRL
  68. Paramount
  69. Pearle* Live Performance Europe
  70. PGA Tour
  71. Premier League
  72. Premiership Rugby
  73. Roland Garros Paris
  74. Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews
  75. Rugby AU
  76. Rugby Football League
  77. Rugby World Cup
  78. Ryder Cup
  79. Scottish Professional Football League
  80. Scottish Rugby
  81. Serie A
  82. Sky plc
  83. Speedway Great Britain
  84. Sport Integrity Global Alliance
  85. Sports Rights Owners Coalition
  86. State Federation of Associations of Theatre and Dance production enterprises
  87. Swedish Performing Arts
  88. Syndicat national du spectacle musical et de variété
  89. Tennis Australia
  90. TF1
  91. The British Golf Championship
  92. The Championships Wimbledon
  93. The European VOD Coalition
  94. The Football Association
  95. The Lawn Tennis Association
  96. The Walt Disney Company
  97. tvi
  98. UEFA
  99. UNI Global Union Europa – Media, Entertainment & Arts
  100. Union Internationale des Cinémas
  101. United Media
  102. UTECA – Televisión Comercial en Abierto
  103. VAUNET – Verband Privater Medien
  104. Verband Österreichischer Privatsender
  105. Viaplay Group
  106. Vivacom
  107. Warner Brothers Discovery Sports
  108. Women’s Tennis Association
  109. World Athletics
  110. World Federation of Advertisers
  111. World Snooker
  112. ZPPM Lewiatan – Związek Pracodawców Prywatnych Mediów Lewiatan.