Activity of collecting societies in the field of copyrights

Collective management of rights enables authors and other right holders to manage their rights more simply and efficiently in cases of mass and widespread utilisation of their works, and it facilitates simple access to lawful use of numerous works for users.

On the basis of an authorisation from authors and in their name, collecting societies:

  • allow the use of work from the repertoire of protected works;
  • inform users of the amount of proposed remunerations and concludes with them agreements concerning the conditions for the use of protected works;
  • publish the tariffs for the payment of remuneration;
  • conclude agreements with foreign collecting societies;
  • monitor the use of works from the repertoire;
  • recover the payment of remunerations and royalties;
  • distributes collected funds to right holders;
  • enforce the protection of copyrights before courts and other state authorities.

Only collecting societies of authors with a licence form the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office may collectively manage copyrights.

Collecting societies manage copyrights on the basis of contracts with authors. In cases of mandatory collective management of copyrights, collecting societies are authorised on the basis of the Copyright and Related Rights Act. Therefore, a contract between a collecting society and the author is not required. Collective management is mandatory in the following cases:

  • communication of non-stage musical and written works to the public;
  • resale of original paintings;
  • reproduction of copyright works for private or own use, and their copying over the volume permitted;
  • cable rebroadcast of copyright works, except in cases of radio and television organisations' own broadcasting, regardless of whether these are their own rights or the rights have been transferred to them by other right holders;
  • right to additional annual compensation in the field of phonograms.

The rights to communicate non-stage musical and written works to the public may be exceptionally managed individually if the main performer of all works performed at a certain event is also the holder of these copyrights.

Supervision of the operation of collecting societies is the responsibility of their members, while the State also has certain competences, i.e. it supervises the compliance of the operation of collecting societies with the Copyright and Related Rights Act through the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office.

In the Republic of Slovenia, only one collecting society may have a licence to collectively manage the rights for one type of copyright work and the same rights.

The described content which refers to copyrights also applies mutatis mutandis to related rights.

Conditions and evidence

Responsible: Ministry of Economic Development and Technology | Last updated: 06. 08. 2015