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Access Creative Works, Legally

There are all kinds of ways to access creative works legally online. Here are just a few*:

The website provides a list of over 500 legal music services available across the world:

Austria – the local audiovisual content protection programme, VAP, provides a catalogue of legal offer of film and audiovisual content.

Belgium – the Belgian Entertainment Association provides a catalogue of legal offers of films, music, games and books.

Denmark – the public awareness-raising campaign “Share with Care” is a joint initiative by Danish right holders, the Danish telecommunications industry, Danish Industry and the Danish Ministry of Culture. The Share with Care portal also provides information on legal online services for various types of content, including film, television, books, music and radio.

Finlandfi – this portal provides information on legal online services for music, film and TV, e-books and video games. – this portal which is edited by the French government agency HADOPI provides information on legal online services for various types of content – music, film, e-books, photos, video games etc. – this website was launched by the CNC (Centre Nationale Cinematographique) in order to facilitate access to legal offer.

Germany – the German film sector has launched the website “Was ist VoD”, an online portal that provides information on how to access legal online services as well as offering technical advice. The portal also offers a search facility that enables consumers to find VoD services according to a variety of criteria, including: country of availability (Germany, Austria and/or Switzerland), the use of subtitles, picture quality, and the payment model.

Italy – the Italian content sectors have launched a portal that enables users to search a catalogue of the various legal offers of content and services (

The Netherlands – the Dutch content sectors have launched a portal that enables users to search a catalogue of various legal offer of content and services (

The AV sector is currently seeking funding for the creation and the launch of a consumer oriented “filmfinder” app, including with national and EU-level funding mechanisms.

Poland – Legalna Kultura serves as a portal for legal offer in film, music, press, etc. and aims to promote access to culture through legal channels.

Spain – the portal “Me Siento de cine” was been launched with the support of the film industry and the Spanish Government. The portal offers information on the various legal services available to Spanish consumers and how to access them.

An additional initiative,, allows users to search for legal offer according to specific titles (films and TV series).

Sweden – Moviezine permits users to search legal offer of films and TV series.

UK – FindAnyFilm allows users to search for legal offer according to specific film titles. The website, which was initially created with the support of a lottery grant, now operates on a cost-neutral basis. It makes use of APIs to update its catalogue automatically wherever possible, and provides search tools which can be integrated into other websites.

*Note: This is not an exhaustive list of resources. Information change with regard to these sites may not be reflected here in real time.

Key Findings of the
European Commission’s
Eurobarometer 2015 on
Cross-border Access
to Online Content

Below is our summary of the key findings of the European Commission’s 2015 Eurobarometer Report on Cross-border access to online content. Please feel free to download our summary in PDF format.

Eurobarometer Summary



The “Cross-border access to online content” Eurobarometer report was launched in August 2015.

The Eurobarometer SurveyThe report contains the results of a survey requested by the European Commission and conducted by research consultant TNS Political & Social in the 28 Member States of the European Union between 7 and 15 January 2015.

Some 26,586 respondents aged 15 and older from different social and demographic groups were interviewed via telephone (landline and mobile phone) in their mother tongue on behalf of DG CONNECT, with at least 1,000 respondents from each country (with exception of Cyprus, Luxembourg, and Malta, which each had approximately 500 respondents).

To help you gain insight into EU consumer behaviour with regard to online content, we have highlighted some key findings of the report.



Key Findings


Over a 12-month period, only 8% of Internet users tried to access content through online services meant for users in other Member States. (p. 93)

Of those who did try: 5% tried to access audiovisual content, 3% music,  2% sports and video games and 1% e-books. (p. 93)




94% of respondents said they could find audiovisual content they were looking for; 96% said the same for music, 93% for sports content, 92% for e-books, and 91% for video games.




Almost two thirds (62%) of Europeans say that they only watch films or series that have either audio or subtitles in their national language(s) (p. 81).

Overall, fewer than two in ten (14%) watch films or series with audio or subtitles in a language that is neither English nor their national language(s). (p.81)




Just over a quarter (26%) of respondents in the Member States where English is not the official language, responded that they watch films or series with audio or subtitles in English (p. 82).

In EU states where English is not an official language, 19% of respondents are comfortable watching films or series with audio in English without any subtitles, and 17% of respondents are comfortable watching movies with subtitles in English. (p.82)

Respondents in northern European countries, particularly the Nordic States, are the most likely to feel comfortable watching films or series with audio or subtitles in English: more than half mention this in Luxembourg (51%), the Netherlands (54%), Finland (60%), Sweden (63%), and Denmark (81%).

The least likely to watch films or series through the medium of English are respondents in Italy (17%), Hungary (18%), and Poland (19%). (p.82)




One in five (20%) Internet users pays a subscription to access online digital content such as audio-visual content, music, e-books or video games. (p.86)




Fewer than one fifth (17%) of these subscribers have tried to use it to access online content while in another Member State – meaning fewer than 4% of internet users overall. (p.88)




Only 3% of subscribers said they could not access a service at all when they tried to use it abroad. (p.88)




Three quarters of subscribers (75%) have never tried to use their subscriptions in other countries. (p.88)

Just over half (54%) of subscribers have never tried to use their subscriptions in other countries and see no need to do so in future. (p. 86)

Around two in ten subscribers (21%) have never tried this, but would be interested in doing so in the future.




Just over half (52%) of non-subscribers said access abroad would not be an important factor if they took out a subscription in future. (p. 90)

One third (33%) of non-subscribers say that if they were to take out such a service in the future it would be important for them to be able to access it when in another Member State. (p. 90)

Around two in ten subscribers (21%) have never tried this, but would be interested in doing so in the future.

One tenth (10%) said they would never take a subscription.



* You can download these key findings in PDF format.

How to Make a Film

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Studies & Papers

CW! Key Principles

– Creativity Works! General Principles

Copyright Works!


The Creativity Works! Infographic

– CW! Infographic

Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market and the European Patent Office: “Intellectual property rights intensive industries: contribution to economic performance and employment in the European Union”


Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market: European citizens and intellectual property: perception, awareness and behaviour”

Facts & Figures – the economic contribution of the creative and cultural sectors 

 CW! Facts and Figures

Creativity Works! Position Paper on the European Commission’s Public Consultation on the Review of the EU Copyright Framework

– CW!_Position Paper

Licences for Europe dialogue – an overview compiled by Creativity Works!

CW! Overview of Licenses for Europe

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