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What does it mean to be an associate member?

By becoming an associate member you join SIAE, the italian society of authors and publishers. In this way, you make sure that your works are protected and you earn the royalties arising from their exploitation. You are also entitled to participate in the Associate Members’ Meeting and vote on the agenda.

What does it mean to give mandate?

It means relying on the SIAE for the protection of your work, in order to receive an equitable remuneration and ensure compliance with the appropriate conditions for exploitation. As a mandate member, you will get all the benefits of associate members, but you are not allowed to participate in the Associate Members’ Meeting of the Company.

Allocation

All those who have contributed to the creation of a work should benefit from its exploitation. SIAE distribution system ensures that all of them receive an equitable remuneration.

Commissions

SIAE commissions are applied on the basis of the different types of service offered to associate and mandate members, starting from 3% and with an average of 15,6%, a very competitive rate as compared to the leading European collecting societies.

Are you up to 30 years of age? For you, membership is completely free of charge.

From January 1st, 2015, joining SIAE is completely free free for people up to 30 years of age.

SIAE for creators.Some figures:

80.000 Authors and Publishers
members of SIAE.
462.000.000 € of royalties
paid each year.
8 repertoires protected
Music, Cinema, Theatre, Opera, Ballet, Radio and TV Broadcasting,Visual Arts and Literature.
Over 4.000 new members
in 2014.
270 Agreements
for the management of the SIAE repertoire in the world.
More than 45.000.000 works
protected by SIAE.
Your job is to create ideas.
Our job is to protect them.

Start protecting your work; choose a repertoire.

Music

Musical works, with or without a literary text. Works of classic and popular genres are included.

The Music Division manages the rights on musical works, with or without lyrics, both of classical or pop genre. The Opera and DOR Sections manage operas, ballets, oratories, operettas, revues, etc.: in these cases, the Music Division only protects excerpts “pieces torn away” from the full version of the dramatic-musical works.

The Music division manages the public performance rights of the works, including film and radio/TV broadcast rights and mechanical reproduction rights. The division does not manage other rights, such as print rights of musical works and/or their texts and, in general, synchronization rights.

The Music Division also manages the works of its members internationally through mutual representation agreements signed with almost all foreign Sister Societies.

Films

Feature films, short films, screenplays, direction, authors of the script and authors of the derivative works.

The Films Section manages the rights relating to cinematographic or equivalent works (as films for the TV, TV series and miniseries and soap operas, situation comedies, documentary films in one or more episodes, TV documentaries and animated cartoons etc.) granted to the authors of the script, the screenplay and the directors, as well as the authors of the derivative works of translation or adaptation in Italian of works originally created in a foreign language.

Protection includes, in particular, managing the equitable remuneration negotiated and administered by the SIAE on behalf of the authors. So far, several agreements have been entered into with important users both in the field of free national television broadcasting (RAI, Mediaset, La7 and other operators), and in the pay TV sector (channels edited by Sky, Fox and the channels of third-party publishers offered by the Sky satellite platform). An equitable remuneration is also received for the video carriers distributed in normal sale channels or at the news-stand, in combination with printed editorial products, and for the Digital Service Providers offering online audiovisual works against payment or free of charge.

The Section manages the allocation of the authors’ share for private video copy, accruing to authors of works belonging to the repertoire administered by the Section. The Section also earns and pays to the right holders the royalties arising from exploitation of Italian cinematographic and audiovisual works in foreign countries, in the context of the relationships of mutual representation with foreign collecting societies. Furthermore the Section is in charge of keeping the Public Record of Films and monitoring the data about film showings in movie theatres. Information on film proceeds and showings in Italy, starting from the date of the first showing, are reported to the State institutions and to the right holders (authors, producers, distributors) who request them.

Radio and TV Broadcasting

Dramatic works made for the radio and/or television, including TV formats or radio shows.

The Dramatic and Radio/TV Broadcasting Works Section protects prose theatre works (such as dramatic works, works for children, puppet shows, cabaret, circus theatre) and musical theatre works such as operettas, musicals, musical comedies, including those created specifically for the radio, the television or other similar broadcasting means, but excluding works of fiction and equivalent works.

The author’s right arising from public performance, radio or TV broadcasting, audio and video reproduction, by any means or distribution system is protected.

In general, the Dramatic and Radio/TV Broadcasting Works Section offers to authors members:

  • The granting of authorisations to use protected works.
  • The collection of the royalties arising from the exploitation of works by users.
  • The allocation and distribution of the author’s right proceeds to right holders, according to the actual use of their works.
  • Payment of proceeds to the right holders.

Theatre

Dramatic works, works for children, works of cabaret, circus theatre, operettas, musicals, musical comedies.

The Dramatic and Radio/TV Broadcasting Works Section protects prose and musical theatre works, including those created specifically for the radio, the television or other similar means of distribution.

In relation to the above works, the Section protects the rights arising from public performance, radio and television broadcasting and audio and video reproduction, made by any means or distribution system.

SIAE authorisation is required in order to use the works protected and managed by the Section. Fraudulent use of the works constitutes a criminal offence (Author's Right Law no. 633/1941) In general, the Section offers to authors members:

  • The granting of authorisations to use protected works.
  • The collection of the royalties arising from the exploitation of works by users.
  • The allocation and distribution of the author’s right proceeds to right holders, according to the actual use of their works.
  • Payment of the proceeds to the right holders.

Opera and Ballet

Works for the musical theatre and works of dance such as operas, oratories, ballets and choreographies.

The Opera and Ballet Section protects works for musical theatre and works of dance, such as operas, oratories, ballets, choreographies and pantome works.

The author’s right arising from public performance, radio or TV broadcasting, audio and video reproduction, by any means or distribution system is protected.

At the request of the right holders, the Opera Section may also collect the rights arising from the rental of musical material (such as, parts of the orchestra) and the critical editions of works that have entered into the public domain. In general, the Opera Section offers to authors members:

  • The granting of authorisations to use protected works.
  • The collection of the royalties arising from the exploitation of works by users.
  • The allocation and distribution of the author’s right proceeds to right holders, according to the actual use of their works.
  • Payment of the proceeds to the right holders.

Visual Arts and Literature

Literary works - including translations - and visual art works such as painting, sculpture and architecture.

The Section manages the rights relating to literary works (including their translations) and visual art works (painting, sculpture, graphics, photography, computer art).

As regards visual art works, SIAE protects the right of reproduction on books, catalogues, magazines, posters, postcards, various objects and materials, video tapes, CD-ROM and television and Internet broadcasting rights. As regards literary works, SIAE manages the rights related to both public performance and mechanical reproduction (on disc, video tape, CD-ROM, etc...) and radio, TV and Internet broadcasting.

The Section manages the collection and the distribution of the royalties payable by users (copy centres, photocopy shops, libraries, etc...) for the reproduction of works through photocopy apparatus. The Section collects and distributes the royalties arising from the sale of original works of the artist, including paintings, collages, pictures, drawings, etchings, prints, lithographs, sculptures, tapestries, ceramics, glass works, photographs, manuscripts and all works considered as original works of art. It also provides for the collection of the Resale Right.

The Visual Arts and Literature Section also keeps the special public record for computer programmes (established pursuant to Legislative Decree 29/12/1992 no. 518) and provides the registration service of unpublished works (such as novels, short stories, poems, scripts, plots, screenplays, audiovisual works, formats, software, databases, etc...). The service is also available for those who are not yet members of the SIAE. Furthermore, at the request of the parties concerned, the SIAE monitors the registration of the works at the Copyright Office in Washington.

Can a band subscribe to the SIAE?

No, because the authors’ rights are of a personal nature. The members of the group or band who have participated in the creation of the works must therefore subscribe individually to the SIAE. The works must then be declared stating the names of the people who have participated in the creation of the work as authors of the music or the text.

Is SIAE Registration also valid in foreign countries?

The SIAE is represented in almost all countries through the Companies of local authors (you can consult the full list of Companies and their territories in contact with the SIAE on this site), so as to ensure the protection of its members’ works also abroad.

In addition to being the author of my works can I also be the publisher?

Nothing prevents an author from also being the publisher of his works, creating for this purpose a specific legal entity. For accession to the SIAE, however, the holder of the sole proprietorship or the legal representative of the company must not be the authors or co-authors of the first ten pieces that constitute the initial editorial fund.

Are there any differences in treatment in the management of the repertoire of the "associates" and the "mandates"?

No, the protection provided by the SIAE for the works is identical. Mandates cannot attend the Company Assembly or vote for the election of their representatives in the Social Organs; moreover, they have no access to the activities of the Solidarity Fund in favour of authors in need because of age, health, finances, or social and family problems.

SIAECARD

Our Associates and our Mandate Members can benefit of reductions at companies and cultural institutions affiliated with SIAE. All you need is SIAECARD.