European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the largest organisation of
journalists in Europe, today marked World
Copyright Day by condemning the widespread use of unfair contracts by media
employers that deprive journalists from their authors' rights.
"This situation seriously undermines our
profession by grabbing journalists' means of earning and ignoring their right
to be recognised as authors. It also undermines media quality by allowing media
companies to recycle and reuse the work of journalists across different
platforms" says Aidan White, EFJ
with its affiliates, the EFJ denounces in particular recent pressures in media
companies such as Sanoma in Finland
'Jahreszeiten-Verlag' in Germany
that force journalists and press photographers to assign all their authors'
a time where the world copyright debate focuses on the widespread use of
creative works on the internet by consumers, it is time to examine what type of
contracts creators are forced to sign and who really benefits from copyright
protection," said White.
EFJ and its unions recently issued letters of protest against the Finnish
government's proposal to introduce a work-for-hire rule in its legal system that
would legalise complete assignment of authors' rights.
must resist a trend to weaken well-established authors' rights legislations in
continental Europe that are protective of
creators and recognize economic and moral rights for all. A move towards a copyright
legal regime that would consider creative works as a commercial commodity would
be catastrophic for the profession and the quality of information," said White.
For further information contact the EFJ on +32 2 235 2216
The EFJ represents over 250,000 journalists
in over 30 countries in Europe