Dutch film industry wants 1.2 billion euros from state to piracy




Dutch film producers and distributors give the Dutch state to February 19 the time to acknowledge responsibility for damages from downloading. The state does not, the group goes to court.

Film producer Klaas de Jong wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Dijkhoff of Justice that the said amount to the direct material damage resulting from downloading movies. He sent the letter on behalf of the Film Society of Entrepreneurs and a number of film distributors. The letter states that the damage is still continuing “because the idea of ​​living in a large proportion of consumers that payment of film consumption is something for sissies.”

In addition to the letter law firm office Brandeis has a liability sent to the Secretary of State, which includes the legal basis for the claim. It states that the state until Friday, February 19th 12:00 time has to the determination of the amount of damages and compensation to acknowledge responsibility and to confirm its willingness to consult it. If not then will take the right action lawyers.

“”A large number of consumers, the idea that the payment of film consumption is for wimps'”

The claim of 1.2 billion euros will be substantiated in the letter. Reference is made ​​to the examination of Considerati, which was conducted in 2014. It would appear that the Dutch film industry in 2013 suffered a loss in turnover of 78.4 million euros due to downloading. By that amount by pulling from September 2004 until now, the filmmakers come to a total of at least 900 million euros. Including legal interest would be that 1.2 billion euros. “And to think that this amount relates only to the immediate apparent damage. The actual loss is expected to be even higher,” write the filmmakers to the State Secretary.

In November 2015 the Dutch filmmakers letting all know that they are liable to the state for lost revenue. When the group claimed that the Dutch film industry each year hundreds of millions of euros missing from piracy.

Until April 2014 it was permitted in the Netherlands to download audio-visual material for private use of ‘illegal sources. That was seen as making a private copy. The European Court of Justice put an end to this regime and download ban was introduced . Although there is a ban on downloading, the filmmakers and distributors are inadequate enforcement.

Film producers and distributors want to get compensated for the claimed damages, arguing that want to use money for example to finance the protection of copyright, the liability of illegal downloaders and to finance a campaign to make consumers aware that downloading is punishable illegal.

Van der Steur justice minister left the House on Thursday to know to want the table with representatives of copyright owners, Internet service providers and broadcasters to cooperate in the promotion of legal offers


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