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What is the broadcasting right?

Broadcasting right is an important term in copyright law and refers to the exclusive right of the author or rights holder to make his or her works available to the public by broadcasting or other means of transmission. It concerns the public distribution of copyrighted works via radio, television, internet streaming or other media.

Important aspects of the broadcasting right include:

  • Radio and television: The transmission of works over radio or television, including live broadcasts of concerts, sporting events, news programmes and other content.

  • Internet streaming: The transmission of content over the internet, whether via online radio stations, video streaming platforms, podcasts or other digital transmission means.

  • Exclusivity: The broadcasting right gives the author or rights holder control over the distribution of their works, including the granting of licences to broadcasters or online platforms.

  • Remuneration: Broadcasters or other platforms wishing to broadcast or transmit works are often required to obtain licences for the right to broadcast, for which they pay fees that serve as remuneration for the use of the works.

  • Collecting societies: In some countries, collecting societies organise the collection and distribution of remuneration for artists and authors in respect of the broadcasting right.

The broadcasting right is essential to ensure that authors and right-holders have control over the public performance of their works and are adequately remunerated for that use.
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