IRIS special - Creativity comes at a price. The role of collecting societies

Council of Europe publishing,
20 March 2009, France

IRIS special - Creativity comes at a price. The role of collecting societies by the European Audiovisual Observatory.
ISBN   978-92-871-6591-6
Format :   A4
No. of pages :   148
Price :   € 95 / US$ 95 
This title is also available in French, German

The main features of this IRIS Special:

1. The complexity of national copyright rules for intellectual property rights
2. The determination and indication of the level of remuneration
3. The 86 most important collecting societies in 12 European countries
4. The rightsholders' choice or obligation to collective rights management
5. Current practices of collective rights management
6. The cases of unknown rightholders
7. Social benefits and industry support by collecting societies
8. Collective rights management on a cross-border level

This latest IRIS Special report focuses on the rights and remuneration of creative forces other than producers and composers, namely script writers, set designers, cameramen, sound designers, lighting designers, editors, choreographers, costume designers, make-up artists, actors, dubbing artists, dancers, musicians, vocal performers and others.

This IRIS Special examines the mechanisms that enable these professional groups to share in the profits resulting from the exploitation of works to which they contributed. All the means by which audiovisual works may be exploited (e.g. cinema, television broadcasting, video/DVD, VoD and all other forms of online distribution) are considered

This IRIS Special is made up of country-by country reports on the rules and practices in 12 European countries, namely: Austria, Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.

To every possible extent, the chapters follow the same structure:
1. The Legal Framework
The provisions that form the legal basis for the attribution of rights
(the distinction of professional groups, their respective rights, etc.)
2. The Practice in Rights Management
Who manages these rights in practice
(transfer of rights to third parties, fall-back clause for some rights, etc.)
3. The Institutional Framework of Collecting Societies
General information on the various collecting societies that manage some or all of the rights
(their legal bases, organisation, services offered, collection and distribution of royalties, etc.)
4. The Rightsholders' Perspective
The practice of rights management for the individual rightsholders
(their choice of collecting societies and relations with them, their financial return, control, etc.)