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16 May 2011

International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC)

CISAC – the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers – is the world’s leading network of authors’ societies (also referred to as Collective Management Organisations, or CMOs). With 230 member societies in 120 countries, CISAC represent more than 3 million creators from all geographic areas and all artistic repertoires; music, audiovisual, drama, literature and visual arts.

CISAC works to protect the rights and promote the interests of creators worldwide. We enable collective management organisations to seamlessly represent creators across the globe and ensure that royalties flow to authors for the use of their works anywhere in the world. To this end, CISAC provides the highest business, legal, and IT standards to protect creators’ rights and to support the development of the international network of collective management societies.

Founded in 1926, CISAC is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation with headquarters in France and regional offices in Africa (Burkina Faso), South America (Chile), Asia-Pacific (China) and Europe (Hungary).

Key areas of expertise:
1. Advocacy for Creators’ Rights

CISAC brings together creators and their collective management organisations (CMOs) to lobby decision makers to strengthen copyright/authors’ rights worldwide. As part of this work, we also represent creators directly and pro-actively communicate the importance of fair remuneration to their livelihood.

2. Develop and Sustain Global Information Networks
Using standardised international identifiers of works and a global system of databases, we help our members document, license, collect and distribute royalty payments for protected works.

3. Promote Best Practices in Governance
We provide legal, financial and operational support to collective management organisations. Our members adhere to a set of Professional Rules and Binding Resolutions, ensuring that they operate according to best practices in the industry.

Focus Areas:

CISAC works to protect the rights and promote the interests of creators across all regions of the world and artistic fields; music, audiovisual, drama, literature and visual arts. CISAC aims to secure fair remuneration for creators for the use of theirs works anywhere in the world.

In CISAC's work on global policy and legal affairs, it advocates in favour of the protection of authors’ rights/copyright, bringing the voice of creators to the heart of international legislative decision-making. CISAC aims to foster a legislative environment that supports the cultural and creative industries, thereby contributing to both cultural diversity and economic growth worldwide.

CISAC's Professional Rules and Binding Resolutions form a Code of Conduct to which every member society must adhere. Through business, technical and regional committees, knowledge and best practices about collective management of rights are shared, helping to drive the highest standards of operational excellence throughout the industry. CISAC offer legal, operational and IT support to all members.

Through CISAC's international councils of creators,  platforms were built, where authors in the music, audiovisual, drama, literature and visual arts fields can discuss current business issues, set priorities on advocacy work and speak with a united voice in forums where the future of authors' rights/copyright in debated at the highest level.

CISAC provides support and tools to member societies to help facilitate the registration and documentation of artistic works, their licensing, and the collection and distribution of royalties for the use of these works (and, as necessary, other holders of rights in these works), enabling the swift and regular distribution of royalties.

CISAC promotes the work of its authors’ societies and the system of collective management of rights. To that end, we are building CISAC University, a web-based, one-stop-shop repository of information on authors’ rights / copyright that brings a wealth of insight to decision-makers, academics, journalists and the public at large.