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Dutch Cable Companies Must Keep on Paying Royalties to Dutch Screenwriters

001screenwriterThe district court of Amsterdam has ruled that Dutch cable companies must pay royalties to Dutch screenwriters. This also applies for online viewing sites such as NPO.

In October 2012, three Dutch cable companies (UPC, Ziggo and Delta) had stopped paying royalties to LIRA, the Dutch writers guilt. The cable companies argued that since they already paid to TV networks and film producers, they already paid for the royalties.

The court rejected this defense, since screenwriters are members of and represented by LIRA that can claim royalties on behalf of her members. Almost all screenwriters are members of LIRA (Stichting Literaire Rechten Auteurs).

The ruling is a major victory for writers. A recent research conducted by the Network of Screenwriters (professional organization of screenwriters) among writers of youth drama shows that half of those writers could not survive without those royalty payments.

Franky Ribbens serves on the Board of Directors of the Network of Screenwriters. He writes highly popular TV shows such as Hollandse Hoop and Penoza.

Ribbens stated: “This ruling marks an important victory for filmmakers. They will finally be able to share in the substantial profits of billions of Euros that companies such as UPC and Ziggo generate with the distribution of their films and TV series. Although the royalty payments will only be a fraction of the total turnover of those companies, for many writers it is an indispensable source of income to survive.”

(Image courtesy of WFI)

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Useful List of Texting Abbreviations and Acronyms

young_woman_texting_186637Unless you have been living under a rock, you have come across abbreviations and acronyms such as LOL, OMG, THX, and WTF. They are routinely used in SMS messages, blogs, chats, e-mails, Tweets, etc. Below is a list of the most common ones.

ADAD – Another Day Another Dollar
AFK – Away From Keyboard
ASAP – As Soon As Possible
ASL – Age, Sex, Location
AWC – After Awhile Crocodile
B2B – Business to Business
B2C – Business to Consumers/Customers
BCNU – Be Seeing You
BF – Boyfriend
BFF – Best Female Friend; Best Friends Forever
BMG – Be My Guest
BOY – Beginning Of Year
BOL – Burst Out Laughing
BRB – Be Right Back
Bro – Brother, friend
BTDT – Been There, Done That
BTW – By The Way
‘coz – because
Cray – Crazy
CU – See You
CYA – Cover Your @$$
DB8 – Debate
DIY – Do It Yourself
EOR – End Of Rant
F2F – Face To Face
FIFO – Flying In. Flying Out
FCOL – For Crying Out Loud
FYI – For Your Information
GF – Girlfriend
GR8 – Great
GTG – Get Together; Got To Go
H8 – Hate
HHIS – Hanging Head In Shame
IDK – I Don’t Know
IMHO – In My Humble Opinion
IMO – In My Opinion
ICYMI – In Case You Missed It
KHYF (Know how you feel)
KUTGW – Keep Up The Good Work
L8R – Later
LOL – Laughing Out Loud
LMAO – Laugh My @$$ Off
NP – No Problem
OMG – Oh My God
OOO – One On One; Out Of Office
RBTL – Read Between The Lines)
RIP – Rest In Peace
PLS – Please
TNC – Tongue In Cheek
RIMJS – Really I’M Just Saying
ROFL – Rolling On the Floor Laughing
SMH – Shaking My Head
SPOX – Spokesperson
STFU – Shut The F* Up
THX – Thanks
Txtng – Texting
TTYL -Talk To You Later
TY – Thank You
/W – With
W8 – Wait
WADI – What A Dumb Idea
W/E – Whatever
WTF – What The F*
WTH – What The Hell
WWA – Where We At
XOXO – Hugs and Kisses
YOLO – You Only Live Once

Please, don’t text and drive!

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