High circulation distributed free of charge

If you are a producer of sound/video carriers of any kind, and you want to reproduce music, video clips,live concerts, films, audiovisuals, videogames, operas, choreographies and ballets, or audiobooks, drama, radio, literary, works, etc.,and you want to distribuite them free of charge, 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 themselves. 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; in case of carriers distributed free of charge, the unit price is  € 0.0181 (Decree of the Chairman of the Council of Ministers dated December 21th 2001).

The fees for the copyright and the possible equitable fee for the authors of films and such are due also in case of free distribution, in an amount equal to the minimum fee provided for any kind of carrier and/or repertoire used.

You can find the specific licence right for the different carriers among those provided for audio and video reproductions. The minimum fees are clearly shown in the corresponding fee tables.


If you want to make CDs, Video and live Concerts on DVDs, UMDs, etc., in at least 30,000 copies, with only musical contents and to distribute them for free to the public with promotional purposes, you can request the Premium Licence, which provides fees related to the duration of the works used and the amount of the copies reproduced.
The carriers subject of the Premium Licence have the following characteristics:
- they must be only carriers like CDs, Vinyl records, Video and live Concerts on DVDs, UMDs, etc.;
- they must be reproduced in at least 30,000 copies;
- they must be given to the end user for free, or, if linked to a good or a service of any kind, they must be given to the end user, in this case without any increase and/or the decrease of the value of the item or of the service;
- they must reproduce musical works already included in other carriers that have been circulating in the Italian territory for at least twelve months, or they must reproduce musical works specifically created for the promotional initiative, or they must reproduce musical works included in carriers whose sale the premium carriers have to promote.

The Premium Licence granted by SIAE concerns only the copyrights related to the recording, reproduction and distribution only of the musical works managed by SIAE, and the author only is entitled to claim for any deformation, cut or other modification of his works (articles 20 and followings of the law nr. 633/1941).
It does not concern the rights related to the copyright (articles 72 and followings of the law n. 633/1941), as those belonging to the original producer, who is the owner of the master recording (of a phonographic, radio, television kind etc.) or the artist performers.

It does not concern the right of direct advertising usage for works deriving from the annexation of the carrier to the item or service which is helping to promote, that is the right of reporting references to the product, to the service or to the company the promotion is for, on the carrier or on its package.

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

The DRM office 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 issued by the DRM office.
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:

For the Premium Licence, in case of reprints, it is necessary to write again to mercatofonovideo@siae.it, and it is not possible to use the DRM2RIS forms.

The tariff for every first minute of reproduction (playing time) of a musical work or of a fragment of musical work of the SIAE repertoire is determined as follows for each group of carrier amount, multiplied by the number of the carrier copies to be reproduced:

Q.ty of copies 100.000 from 100.001 to 200.000 from 200.001 to 300.000 from 300.001 to 400.000 over 400.000
Fee for first minute € 0,0080 € 0,0072 € 0,0064 € 0,0056 € 0,0048

If the total length of the work reproduction or of the reproduction of fragments of works of the repertoire managed by SIAE itself is over 30’, the tariff per unit mentioned above is increased of 10%.