FRAPA is a global organization dedicated to the understanding and respect of original formats and their creators. Protecting originality adjudicating disputes, advocating for respectful business practices and providing industry-standard information and networking forums are other important areas where FRAPA seeks to advise and provide assistances its members. Overall, FRAPA looks to serve as the conscience of the global format industry, dedicated to supporting and protective the business in which we all work.
All members in good standing will abide by the principals, values and rules of business behavior as set for below in our international CODE OF CONDUCT:
1. FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND FAIR TRADE
As a global organization it represents the international community of format creators, distributors and producers and, as such, believes passionately in the principles of freedom of expression and the right to fair trade. All persons associated with the creation, production and distribution of formats should have the right to be heard without fear of political interference or injection. The opportunity to exercise these basic creative rights is to be enforced regardless of ethnicity, religious beliefs, political affiliation, race or gender. We appeal to our members to respect one another’s right for free expression.
2. ADHERE TO THE MISSION OF FRAPA
All members share a global vision of formats rights and protection. We are fully involved in the mission of the organization and spread the message through our own professional examples.
3. RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF EVERY MEMBER
Whether an individual or a company, FRAPA seeks to respect the creative, cultural and business practices of all its members. As such, it will attempt to provide unbiased expertise when advising our members and stakeholders.
4. PLEDGE NOT TO STEAL OTHER PEOPLE’S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
As a FRAPA member, you and your team pledge to not knowingly steal the creative work of others. And if you do not steal, you are expecting others not to steal from you.
5. PAY FORMAT AND LICENSE FEES IN A TIMELY MANNER
No FRAPA creator or company will withhold payment for an unreasonable amount of time, nor will FRAPA members make arbitrary excuses for any financial delay.
6. BE TRANSPARENT IN ALL WAYS
FRAPA members acknowledge the important of respectful communication within our organization, to the general membership, and to the industry at large. We pledge to communicate promptly and courteously, treating others only as we would wish to be treated ourselves.
7. ESTABLISH GLOBAL INDUSTRY STANDARDS
In an industry where no legal regulations consistently and clearly define what a format is and how it can be protected, FRAPA members will advocate for the value of original formats against theft. Members will respect the intellectual property of others in a prudent and lawful away, providing global leadership to others in the creativity industry. We will share our collective expertise and passion for formats, hoping to achieve international standards and an environment of shared values, dignity and respect.
8. SHARE OPINIONS BUT BE RULED BY FACTS
The creative arts are subjective by design. Opinions vary. FRAPA members will share information, trends, information and opinions, but as a group will dedicate themselves to only serve facts. It is every member’s duty to avoid false accusations and insinuations, and to guard against conflict. When FRAPA is asked for its judgment, we will focus on principles, values, facts and credible data.
9. HELP EACH OTHER
As members we pledge to help each other in our work, fostering a collective spirit of free enterprise, initiative and global collaboration, recognizing that there is strength in our unity.
10. PROMOTE THE ORGANIZATION
In every situation where this is necessary and appropriate, wherever members speak on panels and forums, FRAPA members will explain the work of the organization and what the organization can do for the industry in general and for other members specifically.
FOR ALL MEMBERS, LET INTEGRITY SERVE AS THE BASIS FOR EVERY DECISION YOU MAKE WHEN IT COMES TO THE WORLD OF FORMATS.
THE CODE OF CONDUCT was established in November 2014 and revised on March 4, 2015 by the FRAPA General Board of Members:
INTRODUCTION FRAPA’S CODE OF CONDUCT
Amsterdam, November 5th, 2014
Keri Lewis Brown
The basis of the international multimedia industry lies in the ownership that creators can establish for their creative endeavors. However, it is precisely the protection of that ownership which is complicated. Because what is ownership if it concerns intellectual ownership, copyrighted works whereby thoughts, ideas and concepts for a product that does not have a clear legal basis until implemented and produced? After all, claiming ownership of thoughts is not legally protected.
A format is a creative concept that finds itself on the dividing line of an idea and a tangible product. There is virtually not a single country in the world where a clear and unambiguous framework has been created to provide the necessary tools to claim full ownership. Every format is a unique creation in which its unique content and circumstances continually result in a new (legal) situation.
Nevertheless, the format industry continues to flourish. And it seems that even without clear frameworks we, as participants within that industry, are still able to respect one another’s formats. The lack of clarity about what belongs to whom and the resulting disputes, however, form an integral part of this industry. Where frameworks are lacking, a group always starts creating its own rules based on values to which everyone can relate, to serve as a foundation for all of those working in the format industry. That is the mission of FRAPA. Drafting a code of conduct for its members is in fact, the second step in our mission. The first step has already taken place: respecting one another’s property in an unclear legal framework still manages to work here and there. The more we, starting with the FRAPA members, communicate the rules, the better these can be followed. And the more often we adhere to these rules, a basis will be created from where, with the necessary interim steps, a legal framework can ultimately be established. It is with great pleasure that we hereby present you with the FRAPA Code of Conduct.
Patty Geneste, Chairman (The Netherlands)
David Lyle, Treasurer (USA)
Ute Biernat (Germany)
Phil Gurin (USA)
Keri Lewis Brown (UK)
Jan Salling (Denmark)
Nicolas Smirnoff (Argentina)
Vivian Yin (China)