Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques

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SACD
Société civile
FoundedJuly 3, 1777; 242 years ago (1777-07-03) in Paris, France
FounderPierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais
Headquarters,
OwnerPascal Rogard
Websitehttps://www.sacd.fr

SACD, founded as Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (English: Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers) on 7 March 1829, is a French collecting society, undertaking collective rights management for authors.[1] The Society manages, promotes and protects the performance rights of theatrical, audivisual or photographic works for their creators by collecting royalties and authorising performances.[2] It's also one of the main lobbies against "droit d'auteur" (copyright) changes and to protect the activities of collective rights management societies.

History[edit]

The SACD was founded in 1829 by French dramatist and miscellaneous writer Charles-Guillaume Étienne.[1] The idea of society protecting the rights of the authors dates back to Beaumarchais, who founded his own organization in 1777.

Current activities[edit]

In 2006 the Society represented about 44,000 members in the performing arts and audiovisual sectors.[3] The entire SACD repertoire currently comprises about 500,000 works, from the performing arts and the audiovisual sector.[4]

The SACD lobbies in favor of governmental action meant to discourage unauthorized use of copyrighted works over the Internet (DADVSI, HADOPI) and against proposals to establish a "global license", authorizing French Internet users to copy copyrighted works in exchange for a flat fee on the Internet subscription.

In 2009, the SACD hosted a petition in favor of Roman Polanski, following his arrest for failure to appear in a California court for sentencing after pleading guilty to one count of statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl.[5]

The SACD gives a prize to one of the feature films competing at the Critics' Week sidebar of the Cannes Film Festival.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "SACD - History".
  2. ^ "untitled" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Sacd - The Sacd".
  4. ^ "SACD - Collect and Distribute".
  5. ^ Toobin, Jeffrey (14 December 2009). "The Celebrity Defense". The New Yorker. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Prize List - La Semaine de la Critique of Festival de Cannes". Semaine de la Critique du Festival de Cannes.

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