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Global royalty collections for creators reached a historical high point of EUR12.1 billion in 2022, growing by a record 26.7% in a full recovery from the pandemic. Collections are now 19.8% higher than their pre-pandemic level, driven by continued strong growth in digital income and a recovery in live and public performance. Digital collections, boosted by continued growth of streaming and subscription, rose to EUR4.2 billion. Digital income has doubled since the pre-COVID level of 2019 and is now, for the first time, creators’ biggest income stream, overtaking TV and radio, with 35% of total collections.
The French government has officially launched the first edition of the Cultural and Creatives Industries forum at the Gaîté Lyrique theatre in Paris, France.
France has adopted a new law facilitating the restitution of artworks forcibly taken from Jewish collectors by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. The bill, introduced by France’s Minister of Culture Rima Abdul Malak earlier this year, allows for Nazi-looted artworks in the country’s public collections to be transferred without the approval of parliament.
The French National Assembly voted unanimously on June 29 to adopt a new law that allows public institutions to return Nazi-looted objects in their collections, streamlining the country’s laborious process for restitution.
This report, entitled Shared heritage: universality, restitution and circulation of works of art, proposes a doctrine and method for reviewing and processing restitution requests. It is part of the dynamic launched by the President of the Republic during his speech in Ouagadougou in 2017 calling for the possibility of restoring African cultural property and strengthening cultural partnerships between France and Africa. Since 2017, France has made its heritage and museum cooperation with the countries of the African continent one of its priorities, in close coordination between the embassies and the services and operators of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture.
Free to Create: Artistic Freedom in Europe is the report published today by the Council of Europe on the challenges that European artists and cultural workers face in the practice of their right to freedom of artistic expression.