Remuneration of audiovisual creators in a digital age: Methodologies for quantifying fairness.

Eva Van Passel

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Abstract

This paper looks at the methodological challenge of quantifying fairness in the context of remuneration of screenwriters and directors of film and television. While a lot of policy rhetoric exists on a lack of fair remuneration for authors, notably in the context of ongoing EU copyright reform, there is very little data to support or refute this claim. The topic seems to fall on the cross-section of different disciplines, such as media economics, cultural economics, and sociology of labour. We propose that, in order to quantify fairness, at least two different conceptualisations will be needed. First, fairness relates to an individual’s income and social rights; second, fairness relates to how this income compares to revenues in the value chain that emerge based on the authors’ creative labour. Both fairness interpretations propose their own methodological challenges, quantitative as well as qualitative, which have to be taken into account for planned empirical research into the case study of Flanders, Belgium.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the international symposium on the measurement of digital cultural products Montreal, 9-11 May 2016
PublisherUNESCO Institute for Statistics
Pages325-333
ISBN (Electronic)978-92-9189-210-5
ISBN (Print)978-92-9189-210-5
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventInternational Symposium on the Measurement of Digital Cultural Products - HEC Montréal, Montréal, Canada
Duration: 9 May 201611 May 2016
http://www.colloquemesurenumerique.stat.gouv.qc.ca/index_an.html

Conference

ConferenceInternational Symposium on the Measurement of Digital Cultural Products
CountryCanada
CityMontréal
Period9/05/1611/05/16
Internet address

Keywords

  • remuneration
  • screenwriters
  • directors
  • income surveys
  • case studies

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