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Sister societies

Most composers join a rights management society in their own country. SUISA has concluded reciprocity agreements with over 100 sister societies worldwide enabling it to license the music of international artists. Reciprocity agreements empower rights management societies to license their partners’ repertoires in their own territory. SUISA can therefore offer the global music repertoire to its clients in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

International Federations

CISAC: The Confédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Auteurs et Compositeurs is the international umbrella federation for about 230 copyright societies in the fields of music, dramatic works, literature, audiovisual works and the visual arts. The Federation is chaired by French composer Jean Michel Jarre. Politically, CISAC defends the rights of the more than 3 million creators represented by its members. Functionally, it coordinates collective rights management worldwide, for example by encouraging technical cooperation between its members in areas such as documentation and distribution. SUISA representatives play an active role in several CISAC committees and working groups. 


GESAC: The Groupement Européen des Sociétés d’Auteurs et Compositeurs represents the interests of the European rights management societies in Brussels. GESAC informs the main institutions of the EU about authors’ and creators’ rights and copyright issues. It also plays an advisory role in legislative processes involving authors. For current information about the activities of GESAC, visit https://authorsocieties.eu/.


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 supports the technical cooperation between its member societies on documentation and distribution.




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