The global gathering has been organised by CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, and takes place in Lisbon this week.
More than 200 leading creators and society heads are participating as the confederation renews its call on international governments to legislate for fair remuneration for music authors, screenwriters, directors and visual artists.
Top of CISAC’s priorities is the global campaign for legislation to address music’s ‘transfer of value’, also known as the value gap.
This is a market distortion that allows some of the world’s major digital services build large businesses on the back of creators, while paying very little in return.
CISAC Ppesident Jean-Michel Jarre said: ‘Globalisation has seen an increasing concentration of tech giants with immense power to get creative content on the cheap.
‘CISAC looks to governments to get this right: to channel fair value for creative works to the creators who made them, and not the digital platforms that exploit legal loopholes to make money from them.’
CISAC director general Gadi Oron added: ‘Societies must have a fair market environment in which to license their repertoire. But the picture today is far from fair. A number of digital platforms, which dominate content distribution, are using outdated laws or legal loopholes to avoid royalty payments and amass huge revenues on the backs of creators. This anomalous situation must be fixed.’
José Jorge Letria, president of Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores, said: ‘Lisbon will be for a few days the copyright capital of the world, welcoming many dozens of authors' societies from all over the world.
‘Our message is clear: without authors there is no culture. And we look to legislators to guarantee creators fair remuneration for their work and recognition of their struggle to create a more supportive, more human and luminous world. Together we will achieve it, since reason, emotion and creativity are on our side.’
CISAC is the world’s leading network of authors’ societies and represents the collective voice of over four million creators worldwide.