Rights users use e.g. music, films or other productions protected under the neighbouring rights law; thereby, they create added economic value. SWISSPERFORM represents the neighbouring rights of the artists and producers. aAs soon as the use is no longer exclusively private – irrespective of whether or not it is commercial – SWISSPERFORM collects the remunerations from the users.
Who is a rights user?
Rights users are, for example:
Private persons who listen to music, watch a movie at home or make a copy thereof (hard disk);
Teachers who record a TV program for teaching;
Local telecommunications companies (Swisscom, Sunrise etc.), that deliver radio and TV programs to your house;
Restaurants, bars and other public places that play background music.
If you buy music or a film, you are entitled to use it for private purposes, i.e. among friends or relatives. However, any further use, so-called secondary use, is not covered by the purchase price. SWISSPERFORM collects the remunerations for these secondary uses.
The collecting societies exercise the rights on behalf of their rightholders and collect the statutory claims for remunerations resulting therefrom. Together with the Swiss collecting societies we negotiate the amount of compensation with the users’ associations and establich common tariffs. These common tariffs are by the Federal Arbitration Commission for Copyrights and Neighbouring Rights (ESchK) for a certain period of time. They are then published in the Swiss Gazette of Commerce.
Extended collective licence
Through the «extended collective licence» contemplated under the Swiss Copyright Act, SWISSPERFORM and SUISA may grant a collective licensee the right to use a large number of musical works, even if the societies do not represent all the rightholders involved. The institution of an extended collective licence is designed to promote the use of rights which it would otherwise be extremely difficult to exploit.
Rightholders who object to an extended collective licence may exclude their rights by filing an opting out notice.
SWISSPERFORM has granted the following Extended Collective Licences: SVA_Memoriav 2022
Strictly Necessary Cookies
Strictly Necessary Cookie should be enabled at all times so that we can save your preferences for cookie settings.
3rd Party Cookies
This website uses Google Analytics to collect anonymous information such as the number of visitors to the site, and the most popular pages.
Keeping this cookie enabled helps us to improve our website.
Please enable Strictly Necessary Cookies first so that we can save your preferences!