The company was set up in 1974 by a group of musicians who wanted to claim their neighbouring rights as performers. Following the introduction of the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act in 1994, the company could start collecting and distributing the relevant neighbouring rights.
Neighbouring rights? Performer?
Put simply: when a performing artist (musician, actor, dancer, vaudeville or circus artist) takes part in the performance of a work, and if that performance is recorded and then broadcast or copied, the artist in question is entitled to a fee. In other words, the artist acquire a neighbouring right at the moment of the performance.
PlayRight defends the interests of musicians, actors, dancers and circus and vaudeville artists. The society has more than 19.000 affiliated artists in Belgium and abroad.
To this very day, it is managed by performers who, as shareholders, form part of the PlayRight General Assembly. The General Assembly appoints the Board of Directors which, in turn, appoints the Executive. As a result, the shareholders can help chart PlayRight’s course.
PlayRight sees to the collection of neighbouring rights when recordings are broadcast or copied in Belgium and subsequently distributes these amongst the performing artists affiliated to PlayRight.
PlayRight has also made agreements with many sister companies across the world. Thanks to these agreements, PlayRight receives the neighbouring rights that arise from its members’ repertoire being disseminated in the countries in question.