USBs, chips, memory cards etc with pre-recorded music

Musical works can be sold/distributed prerecorded to the end user for private use, not only on the usual carriers (CDs, vynyl records, etc.) typical of the record market, but also on devices, objects or products provided with prerecordable memories: musical greeting cards,musical toys and gadgets, USB pen drives, memory cards, electronic devices and mobile telephones, etc.

If you are a producer of carriers or of objects of the above mentioned kind and want to distribute them to the end user with prerecorded contents such as music, videoclips, live concerts, etc., as well as CD and DVD producers, before starting the copy reproduction of the master, you must  pay the fees due for the copyright for recording, copy reproduction and commercial distribution of the copies. These activities are subject to the exclusive copyright (articles 13 and 61 of the law nr. 633/1941).

According to art.181 bis of the Law nr. 633/1941, on the carriers SIAE stickers must be applied; these stickers have a unit cost of € 0.0310; if carriers are distributed freely or annexed to publications sold without increasing the price generally applied, the cost is reduced to € 0.0181.  

 (Decree of the Chairman of the Council of Ministers dated December 21th 2001).

The special Licence for Prerecorded Memories issued by SIAE solely concerns the copyright of recording, reproducing and distributing of above mentioned carriers meant for sale/distribution to the end user of musical works managed by SIAE.

 The author keeps the right to oppose any alteration, cut or other modification of his works (art. 20 and the subsequent ones of the Law Nr 633/1941).

It does not concern the rights related to copyright (art. 72 and the subsequent ones of the Law Nr. 633/1941), such as those rights that must be exercised by the original producer being the owner of the master (phonographic, radiophonic, TV, etc.) recording or by performers and artists.

It does not concern the right of using works annexed to a good or a service, if there is no express authorization of its authors or their successors.

If you are asking for a licence for the first time, we ask you to read the information for the new phono/video producers.
You will have to fill in and sign the licence request on DRM/LS form, then scan the form and send it via email, with the  Audio Label Copy and a copy of the label carrier to  

The office DRM will answer by sending to your email address a message with the result of your request examination and the amount that you must pay.
After the payment, that you can make by Payment by Advice (payment against note) or wire transfer to:

Bank: Unicredit S.p.A.
Branch office: Roma Marconi  -  Piazzale Guglielmo Marconi, 24 Roma
IBAN:  IT88 E 02008 05085 000103144782

you will receive the license confirmation and the invoice written of by the DRM office after the payment.
SIAE stickers will be delivered to you via courier to the address specified in your request; you can have updated information about the delivery at the following telephone number:
In case of reprints, it will be enough to fill in and send to the DRM2RIS form, which you received with the first licence confirmation and at every following reprinting licence. The DRM2RIS is partially pre-filled and other attachments are not necessary.

The fees provided for each musical works, can be applied only to musical works. However, the total fee for every licence cannot be lower than € 120,00.

Fees for pre-recorded pieces