Ukrainian War, SIAE suspends copyright payments to Russian authors’ societies
President Mogol: “We want to express our full opposition to any kind of war.”
“We are going through moments of deep and sincere concern: our hope to get back to normality after two years of pandemic, with a mounting conflict at the eastern borders of Europe, is now sadly fading away. Russian attack to Ukraine is unjustified and intolerable, for it strikes at the heart the principles of freedom and democracy we have been building for decades.
As the President of the Italian Society of Authors and Publishers, I want to express my solidarity to Ukrainian people and institutions in these dramatic hours.
We have been thinking, these last days, on the initiatives SIAE could possibly take as a sign of support to Ukraine. Today, finally, we took the decision of suspending copyright payments to Russian authors’ societies until the end of the conflict, obviously conscious of the consequences of this choice in terms of possible retaliatory measures against SIAE.
It is a strong and unprecedented decision in the recent history of our Society, and we are aware of that. However, it is of utmost importance for us to stress that such measure is not about authors and publishers in Russia, since they do not hold any responsibility for what is happening in Ukraine, but rather our way to express our full opposition to any kind of war, coherently with the measures that are being taken in these hours by the Italian Government and the European Union”, said SIAE President Giulio Rapetti Mogol.
Rome, 1st March 2022