CISAC and GESAC urge Hungary to withdraw proposal to remove fixation rights for creators


CISAC and GESAC sent a joint letter on June 11th to the Hungarian Government and its Parliament urging the country to reconsider plans to remove fixation (reproduction) rights for creators for repeated broadcasting from the nation’s copyright laws. The country’s current plans intend to abolish the right to license reproductions for the purpose of repeated broadcasts.

Repealing Article 26(6) of the Copyright Act of Hungary would deprive creators of a major source of income as well as place the country in violation of international copyright law obligations. The fixation (reproduction) of works is a fundamental right for creators recognised under every copyright law, including international copyright treaties and EU Directives. It is one of the principle rights granted to creators to ensure they are remunerated for their work and are able to continue contributing to culture and the economy.