Digital Private Copying


Private copying schemes are an efficient means to manage rights in the digital era. Visual works identification is still very difficult due to the way visual works are created and published. Digital copies of works maybe found up-loaded and made available to the public on the internet from various sources, from pre-existing analogue copies in books, postcards etc or when published under exceptions. Contracts might foresee waivers of the right to be credited and the entry of authors personnal metadata not the case. Registration is an insufficient means because it puts a heavy burden on the authors because they will have to provide images prepared by their own means for registration.
Collective management organisations license world-wide online usage via OnLineArt to musems, libraries, archives educational institions, publishers, advertisers private users and any other commercial or non-commercial entity. Yet, subsequent uses from licensed usage, use under exceptions and others need to be adequatly renumerated via a digital private copy exception subject to a royalty managed by a collective management organisation. Otherwise, the benefit from the digital environment will not reach the authors.


Lexxon Compass study 2012 on Welfare of Private copyring receptions

EVA’s Statements on EU Policies

The goals of EVA and the information on its members’ activities are expressed in many submissions adressed to the EU institutions.

Since its foundation in 1997 EVA has regulary participated in all hearings and consultations which are organised by the EU institutions in the field of concern for visual authors. As EVA represents a highly specialised field the constant information of the EU institutions is most important to make aware of the legal and economic situation of artists.