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Information about copyright law

The Federal Copyright Act of 1992, as revised in 2008, is the legal basis for the protection of literary works and works of art. It also governs what are known as “neighbouring rights”, i.e. the rights of performers, record producers and broadcasting companies. The Federal Copyright Act stipulates the rights and obligations of the five collective administration societies. SUISA, a co-operative society, manages the rights of composers, lyricists and music publishers on a fiduciary basis. It collects revenues on their behalf and distributes them to the beneficiaries.

Musical works are automatically protected 

The Federal Copyright Act stipulates that every musical work of an individual nature is automatically protected. It only makes sense to declare works to SUISA if they are publicly used, for example if they are performed or broadcast.

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