Rights administered by EJI and registration with EJI
Below we would like to inform you of the scope of rights where collective administration (i.e. collection and individual distribution of remuneration) is done by EJI on behalf of performing artists and of the procedural issues you need to know in order to register with us.
Rights administered by EJI
a.) Broadcasting and other communication to the public of performances fixed in sound recordings
EJI administers the rights of performers to be remunerated for the broadcasting or other communication to the public of sound recordings published for commercial purposes. Remuneration for broadcasting is collected in co-operation with the collective rights management society of phonogram producers (MAHASZ), while remuneration for other communication to the public is collected by the collective rights management society of literary and music authors (ARTISJUS), upon assignment from EJI.
b.) Private copying and simultaneous retransmission of fixed performances
The remuneration for private copying and simultaneous retransmission of sound recordings are added to the remuneration collected for broadcasting and other communication to the public of performances fixed in sound recordings, and distributed individually on the basis broadcasting playlists. The remuneration for private copying and simultaneous retransmission of audiovisual fixations are distributed separately, on the basis of monitoring television programmes. ARTISJUS is statutorily appointed to collect these remuneration for all right owners concerned.
c.) Making available of fixed performances
EJI also administers the so-called 'making available rights' of performers, notably when fixed performances are made available to the public in such a way that members of the public may access them from a place and at a time individually chosen by them.
d.) Repeat broadcast of performances fixed by broadcasting organisations
Collection and individual distribution by EJI covers in this respect the rights of performers to be remunerated for the repeat broadcasts of their fixed performances provided however that such fixation was originally made by the broadcasting organisation itself and for the purposes of its own program.
Registration with EJI
Under European law you are fully entitled to register directly with EJI or, for that matter, with any other European society of your choice. Registering with EJI requires a rather simple procedure. We need to know certain particulars of the artist concerned and, in case the rights to be administered by EJI subsist in sound recordings, also of the commercially available sound recordings (WIPO WPPT Art. 15) in the making of which he or she participated as a performing artist.
These particulars are to be provided by way of filling out a) a Personal Data Form and b) a Sound Recording Form. The forms then have to be printed out, signed by the artist and delivered or sent in by post to EJI for registration.
When filling out these forms you may also designate, at your sole discretion, the rights and geographical territories (countries) in which you wish to be represented by EJI.
EJI has several bilateral agreements with other collective rights management societies representing performing artists and operating abroad.
If you are already a member of another collective rights management society representing performing artists, to see whether you are covered by a bilateral agreement entered into by and between EJI and another collective rights management society representing performing artists, please contact the performers' society operating in your country.
We hope the information herein contained serves you in deciding how you believe your rights would be best represented and, if they belong to the scope described above, how EJI can assist you in obtaining your remuneration.
Opting out from the collective administration of rights
In accordance with the laws and regulations on copyright currently in force, any performing artist may choose, in respect of his 'making available' and 'repeat broadcast' rights, to opt out from the collective administration of rights and enforce his rights individually. This opting out requires that a signed notification be sent to the collective rights management society concerned at least three month prior to the end of the calendar year following which the opting out becomes applicable. Such withdrawal from collective administration shall be understood to cover the entire repertoire of the artist concerned.