Sister societies

Thanks to reciprocity agreements with over 100 foreign sister societies, SUISA’s repertoire is managed beyond Switzerland’s borders in nearly every country on the globe.
Sister societies are collective administration societies with which SUISA has signed reciprocity agreements. Reciprocity agreements entitle societies to license their partners’ repertoires in their own territory. Thanks to such agreements, SUISA can offer its clients in Switzerland and Liechtenstein the works of the two million authors in the world music repertoire.

International federations

CISAC: the Confédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Auteurs et Compositeurs, the international umbrella federation, currently numbers 219 authors’ societies. The function of CISAC is to coordinate collective rights management worldwide and to work towards increased recognition and protection of creators’ rights. SUISA is represented on the Board of Directors and in various committees and working groups. CISAC also encourages and supports technical cooperation between its members on documentation and distribution.

BIEM: The Bureau International des Sociétés gérant les Droits d’Enregistrement et de Reproduction Mécanique in Paris is the international umbrella association for mechanical rights societies and currently represents about 50 societies. BIEM focuses on its members’ recording and reproduction rights. BIEM negotiates standard agreements with representatives of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and also assists in technical collaboration between its member societies on documentation and distribution.

SUISA also entertains regular contacts with WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva


Several collective administration societies joined forces to exploit synergies in the informatics sector with a view to improving efficiency. Fast Track members work with state-of-the-art computer and telecommunications systems, are experienced in the creation and development of decentralised networks and work together to lower their overheads.

FastTrack aims to

  • streamline and adapt members' infrastructure and processes
  • facilitate the exchange of technological know-how
  • share development costs between members

The main advantage of FastTrack is increased effectiveness and efficiency since all data, licences and distribution systems can be processed in a decentralised manner.

Products: CIS Net powered by Fasttrack
FastTrack has developed a database and a network facilitating the exchange of information on musical works and the distribution of royalties between members. The database contains detailed information on about 20 million works which members can call up at any time. The same technology is used for the CIS Net, CISAC’s network.

FastTrack, the Digital Copyright Network
130, rue Cardinet
F-75017 Paris
Phone +33 1 56 79 14 50
Fax +33 1 56 79 14 51