Creators Respond to the EU Consultation on the Revision of the Acquis Communautaire

The European Commission launched a consultation on a possible revision of the acquis communautaire in July 2004.

Together with other creators' organisations, the EFJ issued a common statement in response to the consultation, stressing that the most important inconsistencies and imbalances in the acquis communautaire are due to omissions leading to:

- the divergent definitions of protected works

- The worrying existence in some EU member states of US like workfor-

hire concepts on the ownership of works that are created in the

course of employment

- The lack of recognition of some basic -but vital- economic rights for


- The unacceptable disparities in the protection of moral rights

- And the insufficient protection of individual creators in contract law

against a global assignment or transfer of their rights.