EUROPEAN SCRIPTWRITERS' CHARTER
In the beginning there is the script. The script is an artistic work in its own right which is capable of being published and directed.
The scriptwriter is the only author of the script and therefore is a co-author of the audiovisual work.
We will work for the harmonization of scriptwriters' rights throughout Europe. We demand minimum contractual terms with no buy-outs and payment for every exploitation of each script.
Scriptwriters, directors and producers are partners. They must join together as creative forces to establish the principle that every film is created by: a writer; a director; a producer.
We will analyse the two systems of droit dauteur and copyright, establish a common approach and seek to enshrine it in national legislation.
We will seek constructive dialogue with rights and royalty collection agencies.
We will seek to agree an ethical code of conduct with directors.
We will seek constructive dialogue with broadcasters and advertisers to strengthen the controls and rights that scriptwriters have over the work they have created.
We seek to create a balance between artistic and economic forces to defend the integrity of writing.
We will work together as scriptwriters to maintain cultural diversity throughout Europe and ensure that our national policies remain sovereign in the cultural sphere. We will protect our linguistic diversity.