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Canal Plus Group Sued by French Guilds Over Failure to Pay Royalties

Postby MrFredPFL » Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:17 pm

Story : http://variety.com/2017/film/news/canal-plus-group-sued-french-authors-guilds-fa





Canal Plus Group, the pay-TV group owned by Vivendi, is being sued by French guilds representing authors, composers and music publishers, which contend that the company breached its contracts by failing to pay royalties for several months.

The SACD (authors and composers society), SACEM (authors, composers and music publishers guild), SCAM (multimedia authors guild), and ADAGP (Society of Authors in the Graphic and Plastic Arts), which collect royalties and redistribute them to authors, have filed a lawsuit in the Paris high court seeking Canal Plus’ payment of overdue royalties amounting to an estimated 50 million euros, according to an industry insider.

The suit alleges that Canal Plus stopped paying authors in order to spur a renegotiation of its contracts with the guilds and to obtain a bargain on overdue royalties as part of the company’s plan to save 300 million euros by 2018. Over a year, those royalties amount to approximately 100 million euros, according to a source working at the SACD.

All the guilds, apart from the SACD, have had to stop distributing royalties owed by Canal Plus to authors in the absence of payments from Canal Plus. The SACD has said that they will continue paying authors on behalf of Canal Plus until September and will lobby for the government to step in if the situation with Canal Plus is still deadlocked.





well, i guess it's not just file sharers that choose to not pay for content anymore.

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