Authors’ societies are the vital link between creators and the users of their works.
They manage the rights of their members’ works and represent them in negotiations to secure fair remunerations for creators. They are run by their members, are non-profit, and provide a crucial service in the creative sector that enables authors to create.
The protection of authors’ rights is essential: without this, creators wouldn’t be paid for the use of their work.
The 2014 EU Directive on Collective Management of Copyright (2014/26/EU) which applies to all GESAC members highlights the key role of collective management organisations in negotiating deals with licensees and securing fair remuneration for creators. It also sets a legal framework for solutions by collective management organisations (CMOs) to organise rights clearance online and offline that is efficient for users and respectful of rights holders’ interests.
Bascially, authors’ societies
- provide wide access to creative works for everyone and everywhere
- streamline the otherwise lengthy and costly process of rights administration
- negotiate collectively on behalf of individual authors
- nurture new talent by re-investing revenues
Authors' societies are
independent and non-profit bodies that represent creators, provide equal access to works without bias or exclusives, and attribute no preference among its members or users.
owned by and established for rights holders. True to democratic principles, rights holders participate in decision making, elect their representatives for administration and decide on matters that affect them.
providing licences that benefit authors and the public alike while reducing transactional costs, encouraging market entry for businesses and enabling a wide access to creative repertoires.
Concretely, here are some of the things authors' societies do in their day-to-day activities
- Rights holders allow authors’ societies to grant licences to users on their behalf. In turn, the societies include creators in the collective effort to negotiate the best conditions for the use of their works.
- Authors’ societies invest in technologies that enable a quick and secure way to license protected works. Users of any type can easily see what they should pay for the use they are making of the society’s repertoire.
- Every day, vast amounts of right ownership and usage data are handled by authors' societies. Up-to-date data is essential for speedy transactions, accurate invoicing and the timely collection and distribution of royalties to rights holders.
- Users and authors’ societies agree on the conditions and costs of enjoying the works represented by the latter. The money collected by societies is paid back to rights holders in direct proportion with the use made of the work.
- Some authors’ societies provide pensions and financial help for creators facing difficulties while all promote cultural diversity and the development of new generations of creators through the financing of cultural activities.