The principles related to neighbouring rights that apply in the physical world are also valid in the digital world. However, due to the absence of a legislative framework adapted to the digital market, the online platforms were the ones who have, until now, defined the parameters regarding the remuneration for performers. Thanks to this new law which is part of the transposition of the European Directive on copyright and neighbouring rights in the Digital Single Market (the so-called DSM Directive, this is now a story of the past.
This law introduces two new rights to remuneration for performers in case they have transferred their exclusive right of communication to the public via online platforms (generally to the producer):
These remuneration rights are subject to mandatory collective management (except if there is a collective agreement concerning the remuneration on streaming platforms).
Note: it is the platforms that will have to pay the remunerations, not the users who upload or view/listen to the content on these platforms.
What should I do, as an artist, to obtain these rights?
Absolutely nothing, except keeping your repertoire up to date! Collective management takes care of all the rest, namely, collecting and distributing the rights that you are entitled to! For this, PlayRight must first meet and negotiate with the content sharing platforms and streaming platforms. Once we have reached an agreement, we will be able to collect the remunerations from these platforms and calculate your rights. We will definitely keep our member-artists informed of all developments in this matter!