Handbook on the Digital Creative Economy
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Handbook on the Digital Creative Economy

Edited by Ruth Towse and Christian Handke

Digital technologies have transformed the way many creative works are generated, disseminated and used. They have made cultural products more accessible, challenged established business models and the copyright system, and blurred the boundary between producers and consumers. This unique resource presents an up-to-date overview of academic research on the impact of digitization in the creative sector of the economy.
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Chapter 25: New opportunities for authors

Joëlle Farchy, Mathilde Gansemer and Jessica Petrou


Legislation regarding copyright and droit díauteur traditionally provides for remuneration in proportion to the success of a work, that is, all revenues earned from it. The authorís remuneration is therefore linked to both the base remuneration, which itself depends directly on the sectorís value chain, and the rate of remuneration as negotiated between the author and the intermediary to whom the former assigns his or her rights in a transfer agreement, the royalty copyright contract. The purpose of this chapter is to identify to what extent authorsí remuneration could benefit from the changes taking place in the digital sector using two examples: that of feature films released on video and that of the book industry in France. Digitization has indeed radically changed cost and price structures in the cultural sector. Tensions arise between authors and intermediaries in attempting to define new forms of value sharing in royalty copyright contract. While digitization offers authors new opportunities, they are nonetheless determined by changes in the market and the adaptation of forms of contracts.

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