Cultural diversity

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Culture, commerce et numérique, vol. 8, no 4

The March 4, 2013 edition of the newsletter Culture, commerce et numérique features the following topics of special interest:

  • Trade negotiations: The permanent return of the cultural exception
  • Is the music industry on the road to recovery?
  • Does digital technology equal growth for cultural industries?
  • Modest growth for Europe's leading private television companies

The newsletter's executive summary reads as follows:

"The place of cultural goods and services and their definition in the agenda for the negotiations surrounding the U.S.-E.U. free trade agreement, as well as the ambiguous position of the European Commission, are triggering a strong reaction from Europe's cultural circles. First, with the digital revolution radically altering the cultural industry landscape, one of the current top priorities for the U.S. administration is to include non-linear audiovisual services in the trade agreement negotiation agenda. Second, the European Commission is sending mixed signals, waffling between economic regulation of the audiovisual sector and implementation of a European audiovisual policy. Its relations with European cultural groups are based on suspicions that have persisted since the debate surrounding the Television without Frontiers Directive in 1989 and disputes over the cultural exception in 1993. Third, with Barack Obama now serving a second term, his administration is well placed to push for structured market deregulation and to promote bilateralism or à la carte multilateralism as the best response to ongoing negotiation stalemates at the World Trade Organization."

The newsletter Culture, commerce et numérique (formerly Accords bilatéraux et diversité culturelle) is produced monthly by CEIM (Centre d'études sur l'intégration et la mondialisation) for the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF). Its primary aim is to monitor the latest media content on U.S. initiatives regarding bilateral trade agreement negotiations, particularly the negotiation of agreements that could impact the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.