Tariff VI - Single transactions

Who is responsible for declaring the audiovisual recording?

The producer or the principal is responsible for declaring the audiovisual recording.
The principal is the person or company who finances the production of the audiovisual recording and has the right of disposal over it.

Declare in good time

If Production Music (see below) is used or if the music used was composed on commission, the audiovisual recording can be declared up to 10 days after its production. In all other cases, it must be declared at least 60 days before production.

Applying for usage rights

If you use music in combination with pictures, films or advertising, you have to obtain a licence from the rightholders of the musical work (authors) and the recording (performing artist, producer/label). This may involve additional costs which have to be negotiated directly with the rightholders.
Important: pressing licence subject to reserves!
SUISA issues the pressing licence subject to production,
performance and synchronisation rights. These must be obtained directly.

What is Production Music?

Production Music (also referred to as library, production, archive or stock music) is music from catalogues which are offered solely for the purpose of adding sound to film and to sound and audiovisual recordings. Production Music catalogues are available from the publishers and, increasingly, from special websites.


Advantages of Production Music

The advantage of Production Music is that the producer or user can obtain the licence to use the music directly from SUISA. He does not have to contact the various right-holders (author, publisher, label) directly.

Calculation example

The fees for mechanical rights are calculated as follows: production (number of units produced) times retail price, times license rate 3.3%, times the protected music content in the total playing time. Example for 1000 units:

1000 units x CHF 20.- = CHF 20000
3.3% of CHF 20000.- = CHF 660.-
50% protected music content = CHF 330.-

Since the protected music content differs from one audiovisual recording to the next, the licence fees vary too.

This example applies to audiovisual recordings intended directly for the consumer. Minimum fees may apply.


Tariff VI
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Reproduction of audiovisual recordings intended for the public

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