French rights collector wants Netflix to pay

Rights collection society the SACD says audiovisual distribution rules must be reformed to cope with the arrival of Netflix in September.

The Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques says the current rules for the distribution of films are outdated and have failed to keep pace with the changes in consumption patterns or with the need to develop and promote the legal distribution of content online.

SACD wants new web-based distributors such as Netflix to be obliged to bear a share of financing the creation of French content and European content shown in France from the time they launch an offering targeted at the French public. It also called for content rights holders to take collective responsibility for ensuring content creation commitments are adhered to in their discussions over selling rights to VoD providers based outside of France

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