They present a project to guarantee compensatory remuneration to authors for the reproduction of their works

Mexico.- The president of the Political Coordination Board, Ricardo Monreal Ávila, presented to composers, writers, publishers and producers, the project to guarantee their right to receive compensatory remuneration for the massive and indiscriminate use of their works, through technological devices, that is fair and equitable for the work they carry out in favor of the culture of our country.

He announced that this initiative, to amend various provisions of the Federal Copyright Law, was also signed by the coordinators of the PRI Parliamentary Groups, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong; and from the PRD, Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa; and that two weeks ago was published in the Parliamentary Gazette of the Senate.

In the meeting with “the Creative and Cultural Community of Mexico”, the legislator said that “nobody can be deprived of the product of their work, according to the provisions of article 5 of the Constitution”, and the creation of artistic works is not the exception.

He stressed that there are more than 120,000 creators from the various cultural branches, who together contribute more than 6 percent of the national Gross Domestic Product.

Ricardo Monreal affirmed that the right of authors to receive compensation for their works is recognized in article 40 of the Federal Copyright Law and that they can demand compensatory remuneration for the making of any copy or reproduction made without your authorization.

However, it does not establish who should be charged the cost of reproduction for private copying, that is, no person responsible for payment is identified; therefore, compliance with remuneration remains indefinite.

The problem is that the technological revolution, coupled with the inaccuracy and lack of updating of copyright regulations, has made it practically impossible to comply with this provision, which systematically violates the right of authors to receive compensation for reproduction. massive and indiscriminate use of his works, he said.

To meet this challenge, Monreal explained, an increasing number of countries have implemented the so-called “private copying remuneration system,” a redistributive scheme that allows generating an essential source of income for authors and rights holders with fees. to manufacturers or importers of technological devices.

Senator Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, from the PRI, recalled that together with Senators Ricardo Monreal and Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa they made a commitment with the composers to present this initiative, because “there must be justice for those who fill our souls with happiness, with memories and sentiment”, and clarified that this remuneration does not affect the consumer.

This payment, he said, is in force in more than 60 countries in the world, for which justice had to reach this guild. He acknowledged that “the path that follows is complex”, but he trusted that it will be approved. “It will be an act of justice, we have to give back to those who fill us with happiness throughout our lives, with their compositions, with their music and art,” he said.

Senator Miguel Ángel Mancera, from the PRD, added that this initiative is also accompanied by Senator Beatriz Paredes Rangel, from the PRI: “we agree that justice be done, because it is necessary to pay for all their work that fills us with pride.”

The meeting was attended by artists such as Martín Urieta, Roberto Cantoral, Sebastián, Fernando de la Mora, Paty Cantú and Alex Syntek.

With information from the Senate of Mexico

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