Closing the “Framing loophole”: presentation at the European Parliament

Brussel, 28th february 2017.


Not withstanding the proposals of amendments, CEPIC is furtheron seeking to close the so-called “framing loophole“.

Another opportunity to push the issue in the awareness of MEPs and their understanding was provided by the Conference “Right to Digital Value” organized by EVA on 28 February 2016 at the European Parliament.

We had a very good conference on the issues of transfer of value, framing and collecting societies solutions. The room was packed with a couple of MEPs or their assistant as well as industry stakeholders.

Rights to Digital value

Several key MEPs such as Ms. Comodini (picture bottom left) attended the conference. Alfonso Gutierrez, CEO of age fotostock and president of CEPIC, made a presentation on the damages of framing, hotlinking to photos and bandwith theft.

Alfonso made an excellent presentation showing very visually how framing can be theft and leads to starving photographers. There were four photographers in the room, one was from Belga. We also agreed with Carola Streul to work more closely on the topic of framing and communication to the public and or value gap. Letter to the Commission and MEPs, press release. At our meeting at Belga in the morning, we agreed that communication was key to success.