Audiovisual performers

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I have contributed to a series (e.g. Derrick) but cannot remember the episode's title Do I have to know this?

Yes. Only if you have a continuous role and appear in each episode, the name of the series is sufficient. We must be able to allocate your contribution to a specific episode, otherwise we are not able to distribute remuneration to you.

I have contributed to a film, however, my role was very small. Can I still register my contribution?

Yes. At the moment we are not applying weighting factors to actors' roles which means that even minor roles are considered.

I was an extra in a film. Can I register my contribution?

No. Being an extra does not qualify as an individually recognisable acting performance.

I was invited as a celeb to a talk show. Can I register this?

No. You appear as yourself; you don't assume a role.

I am a musician and an actress, do I need to order two copies of the agreement?

No, for performers it is sufficient to sign one copy.

Audio producers

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I am a musician and an actress, do I need to order two copies of the agreement?

No, if you are a performer, it is sufficient to sign the agreement once.

I am a musician and producer of sound recordings, do I need to order two copies of the agreement?

Yes, if you are a musician you are only a membermember
Performers, producers and broadcasters can become members of SWISSPERFORM pursuant to Art. 3 of the Articles of Association (german version).

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as a performer. You need to register separately as a producer.

I'm already a membermember
Performers, producers and broadcasters can become members of SWISSPERFORM pursuant to Art. 3 of the Articles of Association (german version).

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of SUISASUISA
Society for the collective management of rights relating to musical, non-theatrical works.
  * Contact and Website SUISA

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, can I still become a membermember
Performers, producers and broadcasters can become members of SWISSPERFORM pursuant to Art. 3 of the Articles of Association (german version).

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of SWISSPERFORM?

Yes, SWISSPERFORM manages your rights as a performing artist (musician, actor etc.). SUISASUISA
Society for the collective management of rights relating to musical, non-theatrical works.
  * Contact and Website SUISA

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is responsible for your rights as an author (composer or lyricist/songwriter).

Can I register my entire band?

Each musician usually has to register individually with SWISSPERFORM. However, for large music formations with a low repertoire exploitation, we have established a simplified pay-out system.

Please contact our membermember
Performers, producers and broadcasters can become members of SWISSPERFORM pursuant to Art. 3 of the Articles of Association (german version).

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services department for further information.

  • Phone +41 (0)44 269 70 50
  • E-mail

Do I have to become a membermember
Performers, producers and broadcasters can become members of SWISSPERFORM pursuant to Art. 3 of the Articles of Association (german version).

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of SIG in order to participate in the distribution run by SIG?

It is sufficient for you to become a membermember
Performers, producers and broadcasters can become members of SWISSPERFORM pursuant to Art. 3 of the Articles of Association (german version).

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of SWISSPERFORM. SIG runs the distribution on behalf of SWISSPERFORM. As a consequence, it is only necessary for you to be a membermember
Performers, producers and broadcasters can become members of SWISSPERFORM pursuant to Art. 3 of the Articles of Association (german version).

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of SWISSPERFORM.

How long can I claim my remuneration?

All claims of right holdersright holders
Right holders are persons who are entitled to a share of the collected remuneration. The distribution rules distinguish between the following five right holder groups:...
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against SWISSPERFORM lapse after a period of five years after the main distributionmain distribution
Main distribution audio performers
The distribution always covers the previous (usage) year, not the current calendar year. Example: Our main distribution 2015 is the first time we pay out remuneration for broadcasts that took place in 2014.
 
Main distribution audiovisual performers
Films and series: Broadcasts that took place two years ago are included in this distribution. Example: Our main distribution 2015 is the first time we pay out remuneration for broadcasts that took place in 2013.
  * Sound tracks and other audiovisual performances: see main distribution audio performers

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has been run; however at the latest by 31 December of the sixth year following the respective usage (cf. item 1.5.7 distribution rules).

How long is my artistic contribution to a performance protected?

The term of protection usually starts at the time of the recording and lasts 50 years. (Art. 39 para. 2 CopA).

Audiovisual producers

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My production company is a membermember
Performers, producers and broadcasters can become members of SWISSPERFORM pursuant to Art. 3 of the Articles of Association (german version).

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of the Swiss Film Producers' Association (SFP). Am I therefore automatically a membermember
Performers, producers and broadcasters can become members of SWISSPERFORM pursuant to Art. 3 of the Articles of Association (german version).

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of SWISSPERFORM?

No. Association can no longer be membersmembers
Performers, producers and broadcasters can become members of SWISSPERFORM pursuant to Art. 3 of the Articles of Association (german version).

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of SWISSPERFORM and so there is no possibility to be a membermember
Performers, producers and broadcasters can become members of SWISSPERFORM pursuant to Art. 3 of the Articles of Association (german version).

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through your association. You must register directly with SWISSPERFORM.

I am a membermember
Performers, producers and broadcasters can become members of SWISSPERFORM pursuant to Art. 3 of the Articles of Association (german version).

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of
SUISSIMAGESUISSIMAGE
Society for the collective management of rights relating to audiovisual works.
  * Contact and Website SUISSIMAGE

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. Do I still have to register with SWISSPERFORM?

Yes. SUISSIMAGESUISSIMAGE
Society for the collective management of rights relating to audiovisual works.
  * Contact and Website SUISSIMAGE

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collects and distributes remuneration for copyrights whereas SWISSPERFORM collects and distributes remuneration for neighbouring rightsneighbouring rights
Also referred to as related rights, these are the rights for performing artists...
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.

How does the distribution of remuneration to film producers work?

The distribution is run by SUISSIMAGESUISSIMAGE
Society for the collective management of rights relating to audiovisual works.
  * Contact and Website SUISSIMAGE

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. The relevant broadcast data is taken from the database of SUISSIMAGESUISSIMAGE
Society for the collective management of rights relating to audiovisual works.
  * Contact and Website SUISSIMAGE

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. SUISSIMAGESUISSIMAGE
Society for the collective management of rights relating to audiovisual works.
  * Contact and Website SUISSIMAGE

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also calculates the remuneration for audiovisual producersaudiovisual producers
This category includes natural persons and legal entities that have the organisational and economic responsibility for the first-time audiovisual or visual recording of a performance or another visual process.

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from the neighbouring rightsneighbouring rights
Also referred to as related rights, these are the rights for performing artists...
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' collection.

Phonogram producers

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How long is my recording protected?

The protection usually expires 50 years after the production and publication of the sound recording, respectively (Art. 39 para. 2 CopA).

I am a musician and have financed the production of my recordings myself. Do I have to register at SWISSPERFORM twice?

Yes, you need to register twice with SWISSPERFORM, once as a performer and once as a producer.

I was the sound engineer for a recording in the studio. Do I receive remuneration for this contribution?

No, producers are the natural persons or legal entities holding the organisational and economic responsibility for a production. Sound engineers, sound mixers, managers, recording engineers etc. are not entitled to receive remuneration from SWISSPERFORM (point 2.2.0 of the distribution rules).

Boradcasters

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Which rights does SWISSPERFORM manage for broadcastersbroadcasters
This category includes companies broadcasting radio or TV programmes that are subject to an obligation to notify and obtain a licence pursuant to Art. 3 of the Swiss Federal Act on Radio and Television (RTVA).

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?

SWISSPERFORM manages broadcastersbroadcasters
This category includes companies broadcasting radio or TV programmes that are subject to an obligation to notify and obtain a licence pursuant to Art. 3 of the Swiss Federal Act on Radio and Television (RTVA).

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' claims, mainly for the following usage types:

  • re-transmission of radio and TV broadcasts via cable networks (Art. 22 and 38 CopA);
  • communication to the public of radio and TV broadcasts (Art. 22 and 38 CopA);
  • private copying of radio and TV broadcasts (Art. 19, 20 and 38 CopA);
  • certain types of educational usage and office or workplace-related usage of radio and TV broadcasts (Art. 19, 20 and 38 CopA).

How do you distribute to broadcastersbroadcasters
This category includes companies broadcasting radio or TV programmes that are subject to an obligation to notify and obtain a licence pursuant to Art. 3 of the Swiss Federal Act on Radio and Television (RTVA).

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?

SWISSPERFORM has contractually outsourced the distribution of this type of remuneration to the IRFIRF
The association IRF, the association representing radio and TV broadcasters' interests, is an affiliation of domestic and foreign broadcasters (SRG, ARD, ZDF, ORF, RAI a.o.).
  * Contact info IRF

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What is the IRFIRF
The association IRF, the association representing radio and TV broadcasters' interests, is an affiliation of domestic and foreign broadcasters (SRG, ARD, ZDF, ORF, RAI a.o.).
  * Contact info IRF

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?

The IRFIRF
The association IRF, the association representing radio and TV broadcasters' interests, is an affiliation of domestic and foreign broadcasters (SRG, ARD, ZDF, ORF, RAI a.o.).
  * Contact info IRF

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is an association in which domestic and foreign broadcastersbroadcasters
This category includes companies broadcasting radio or TV programmes that are subject to an obligation to notify and obtain a licence pursuant to Art. 3 of the Swiss Federal Act on Radio and Television (RTVA).

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(SRG, ARD, ZDF, ORF, RAI a.o.) affiliated/joined forces to represent the radio and TV broadcastersbroadcasters
This category includes companies broadcasting radio or TV programmes that are subject to an obligation to notify and obtain a licence pursuant to Art. 3 of the Swiss Federal Act on Radio and Television (RTVA).

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' interests.

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