Results of the General Assembly
A majority of 2/3 was necessary, according to the entity’s internal policies
The organization is adapted to the Spanish and European legal framewor
Members of Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE) have approved the reform of the entity’s bylaws, by majority of more than the two thirds of the Extraordinary General Assembly held today in Madrid. Out of a total of 25.907 votes, 22.070 (85,19%) have been favourable, 3.323 against (12,83%) and 514 have abstained (1,98%).
After knowing the results, Pilar Jurado, president of the SGAE, has thanked “statutory members for their participation”, and asserted that “the Assembly’s majority support is a ‘yes’ to the future of SGAE, which we face with legal security and a high level of internal consensus. Having exceeded 80% of favourable votes implies that these are the bylaws of the understanding and the dialogue.” Their approval entails the entity’s definitive alignment with the new Spanish and European legal framework, and the compliance with a requirement of the Ministry of Culture and the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC).
Jurado also wanted to “expressly thank the strenuous work carried out during these months by the entire Board of Directors”, which represents the four colleges within the SGAE (Small Rights, Grand Rights, Audio-Visual Works and Musical Publishers), their corresponding Vice-presidents, and the professional staff of SGAE. “Without their effort -as highlighted by the entity’s president-, it would not have been possible to achieve such a wide support of the bylaws”.
This reform stems from changes introduced by the Intellectual Property Law, derived from Royal Decree-Law 2/2018, of 13 April, incorporating to the Spanish legal system the Directive 2014/26/EU of the European Parliament and the Council, of 26 February, and Directive (EU) 2017/1564 of the European Parliament and the Council, of 13 September.
According to the entity’s president, the new bylaws will “give even more voice to authors and creators in the decision-making, and will make the entity more modern, flexible and transparent”. In this sense, one of the main developments introduced by these bylaws is that all active members will at least, have one vote in the assembly. Furthermore, the entity undertakes to publish an “annual transparency report” on administration discounts, cultural and assistance activities, and the financial activity. It will be elaborated by the Board of Directors within the first three months of each year and will be submitted to the Assembly’s vote within the first six months of the year.
The bylaws also establish an independent monitoring committee. Regarding distributions, they include in detail their general policy, and the principles of the established system. The Distribution Rules must be ratified by the General Assembly.
Jurado has also highlighted that authors will have “more rights and more freedom”, being able to decide whether they maintain or partly withdraw from SGAE their works’ rights, based on the category, type of work, or country where their creation generates rights. This change will force the entity to be more competitive and to constantly adapt its service offer to the specific needs of each member.
More power to sectors and territories
The new bylaws aim to be integrating and representative of all the members of , by serving the sectors that have traditionally been a minority, such as choreography, providing a new definition of choreographic work and a new distribution system for this sector. Additionally, they regulate the involvement of Territorial Councils, which become part of the organizational structure, directly depending from the Board of Directors.
These bylaws transform the SGAE, to look towards the future and to protect the authors’ rights in a digital and global world, where the cultural industry is constantly evolving and daily requires new formulas.