The equitable remuneration is a compulsory license that must be paid when recorded music is played on a publicly accessible location. It is a remuneration intended for the public use of the music repertoire of performing artists and music producers. In other words, when a recording is made public, the law provides that a remuneration must be paid.
Known by the payers, this license is very often seen as another tax to pay. In fact, it is not a tax but a financial compensation for the use of music without having to ask the permission of the artists to broadcast it in a public place.
It is called “equitable/fair” because it is not imposed by rights holders but has been negotiated at length with users. Its basic principles were determined when the copyright law of June 30th 1994 was adopted and the equitable remuneration was first collected in 1999. Nowadays, the Commission for Equitable Remuneration (which brings together users and rights holders) sets the rates and methods of collecting this remuneration.