The Mission of the Italian Society of Authors and Publishers is that of guaranteeing authors and publishers’ remuneration for their work.
Every original work is the product of an intellectual activity, which the law protects as any other work, recognizing the right of authors and publishers to remuneration for the different kinds of its use, from concerts to radio and television, from theatres to dance halls, from cinemas to bars, in the Internet, in mobiles, and so on.
Every original work is unique and its creator holds a right on it, recognized and protected in Italy and in other countries by International treaties, European rules and, even earlier, by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author”. (art. 27).
SIAE is entrusted with authorizing the use of works, the collection of the fees due from the users and their distribution to the right holders (authors and publishers). This is done for all art genres: music, opera, theatre, literature, visual arts, radiotelevision (it is a “generalist” society). For each one of these genres a special society generally exists abroad.
As regards the offline, all this takes place through a widespread network of offices all over the national territory, which issue thousands of authorizations every day, collecting fees for its over 80 thousand members and mandators, in order to protect over 45 million Italian and foreign works, the latter by agreements of reciprocal representation with about 150 Societies of authors worldwide.
As regards the online, SIAE issues different kinds of licences, in order to allow web operators to disseminate works through the Internet.
SIAE’s activity concerns the whole sector of the cultural and show business industry. In this way, while protecting the rights of each single member, it promotes the right of the whole community of citizens and carries out a fundamental action for the market. It works, then, as a “one-stop-shop” for the show business and culture, since it issues licenses for the use of works to about 500,000 operators every year.