Tariff PI – Single transactions

Who is responsible for declaring a music recording?


The producer or the principal is responsible for declaring the music recording.
The principal is the person or company who finances the production of a music recording and has the corresponding right of disposal.

Declare in good time

Please declare your music recording to SUISA at least 10 days before production. Based on your declaration, SUISA will send the permission directly to the pressing plant. Without this licence, the plant is not allowed to produce the sound carrier.

SUISA only grants a licence to use the original recording (master) which has not been previously copied on a sound recording. For re-recordings from existing sound recordings, an additional authorisation must be obtained from the producer or label.

Permission and invoice

To declare a sound recording, please use the application form "Recording music onto music data carriers” .

Once we have received the complete application documentation:

  • we check the copyright status of the musical works and record the sound recording in our system;
  • we prepare the invoice based on the application. Please see Tariff Pl for the fee calculation basis;
  • we send the necessary licence directly to the pressing plant.


Calculation example 1 (sound recordings)

Production of 1,000 sound carriers to be sold for CHF 20 each.
You intend to sell the sound carriers directly, i.e. there is no distributor.

Tariff PI, point 19.1

10% of retail price CHF 20.- (excl. VAT) = CHF 2.-
CHF 2.- x 1000 units = CHF 2000.-
plus 2.5% VAT = CHF 50.-
Invoice amount CHF 2050.-

NB: The calculation is based on 100% protected music content.  Over-licensing (Tariff Pl, points 27 to 32), if any, has not been taken into account.

Calculation example 2 (sound recordings)

Production of 1000 sound carriers. Of these, 500 will be sold for CHF 20 each and 500 will be given away for free. The sound recordings will be sold directly, i.e. there is no distributor.

 

 

Tariff PI, point 19.1 and 21.1

10% of retail price CHF 20.- (excl. VAT) = CHF 2.-
CHF 2.- x 500 units = CHF 1000.-
CHF 0.70 x 500 units = CHF 350.-
Sub-total CHF 1350.-
plus 2.5% VAT = 33.75
Invoice amount CHF 1383.75

NB: The calculation is based on 100% protected music content. Over-licensing (Tariff Pl, points 27 to 32), if any, has not been taken into account.

 

 

Calculation example 3 (music videos)

Production of 1,000 music videos to be sold for CHF 20 each. The music videos will be sold directly, i.e. there is no distributor.

Tariff PI, point 19.2

5.8% of retail price CHF 20 .- (excl. VAT) = CHF 1.16
CHF 1.16 x 1000 units = CHF 1160.-
plus 2.5% VAT = CHF 29.-
Invoice amount CHF 1189.-

NB: The calculation is based on 100% protected music content. Over-licensing (Tariff Pl, points 27 - 32), if any, has not been taken into account.

Calculation example 4 (music videos)

Production of 1000 music videos. Of these, 500 will be sold for CHF 20 each and 500 will be given away for free. The music videos will be sold directly, i.e. there is no distributor.

Tariff PI, point 19.2 and Tariff PI, point 21.2

5.8% of retail price CHF 20.- (excl. VAT) = CHF 1.16
CHF 1.16 x 500 units = CHF 580.-
CHF 0.60 x 500 units = CHF 300.-
Sub-total CHF 880.-
plus 2.5% VAT = CHF 22.-
Invoice amount CHF 902.-

NB: The calculation is based on 100% protected music content. Over-licensing (Tariff Pl, points 27 - 32), if any, has not been taken into account. The playing time of the DVD is max. 90 minutes.

Use of original versions of traditional or classical music (authors who have been dead for more than 70 years)

To declare the sound recording, please use the application form "Recordings music onto music data carriers".


Once we have received the complete application documentation:

  • we check the copyright status of the musical works and record the music recording in our system. If all works are no longer protected by copyright, no invoice will be issued;
  • we send the necessary licence directly to the pressing plant;
  • if you send us your email address, we will inform you that the music recording can be produced.

Production of fewer than 100 units

No declaration of recorded works has to be made for productions of fewer than 100 units. Unprotected works are not, however, excluded from the fee calculation.

SUISA facsimile

The SUISA facsimile is burnt onto the music recording when it is produced. The large pressing plants have the template. If you are producing the music recording yourself, we will send the template once you have duly declared the production.

 

 

RELATED ISSUES

Tarifs
Tariff PI
(pdf, 128 KB)

Reproduction of sound recordings intended for the public (music boxes excluded)

Fact Sheets

Information for Producers of Music Recordings (Tariffs PI and PN)

 

 

Photos and Logos

The official, reproducible SUISA logo for sound recordings can be obtained from the Mechanical Rights Department when you register a new sound recording.

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