The Swiss collective rights management organisations are part of a large global network and also represent the rights of foreign artists.
Managing the rights to artistic works is an international task. In order to be able to offer music, films, literature or dramatic works by foreign authors and publishers, the appropriate rights are called for. It would be an immense task for Swiss theatres, cinemas or radio stations to obtain these rights directly from the authors. The Swiss collective rights management organisations have therefore concluded reciprocity contracts with hundreds of foreign societies.
Licences for the world repertoire
The Swiss collective rights management organisations’ worldwide contract network makes it possible to licence foreign repertoires for use in Switzerland through a single provider. SUISA, for example, offers the world repertoire of music from just one source, without the need for its customers to obtain a licence from an additional society. The extensive use of foreign films, literature, newspapers, music and pictures in Switzerland and Liechtenstein is therefore only possible thanks to the international network of collective rights management organisations.
Money flow to and from Switzerland
Because a considerable foreign repertoire is played and performed here, a significant proportion of the licence income flows from Switzerland via the foreign societies back to their members. Conversely, Swiss artists and publishers are also remunerated when their works are performed, broadcast or utilised in some other way abroad. The work of the collective rights management organisations thus always takes place in an international context.