Broadcasting works

Collective management of authors’ rights – a simple procedure with the SACD.

By joining the SACD, authors have empowered the Society to authorize or deny public performance and reproduction of their audiovisual works.

Concerning the modes of operation to which collective management is applied, and in accordance with the Code of Intellectual Property, in return for the authorization granted to use the works in its repertoire, the SACD will negotiate a global fee proportional to all of the proceeds generated, whether it be through the broadcast receiver tax, advertising, sponsoring or subscriptions.

The authors’ rights collective management mechanism thus enables users to benefit from a “general performance contract” which relieves them from a legal point of view, whatever the future editorial outline, and ensures they can use the works of SACD members with full peace of mind.

This general performance contract differs in nature from the contracts signed by users with producers or distributors to acquire the rights to use a given work, a series or a catalog, insofar as the latter assign the royalties which they pay directly to the SACD, via a general performance contract.

The SACD hopes that this simplified description will help promote the understanding of how these two approaches are complementary, and the extent to which each is strictly necessary. However, the growing diversity of networks and modes of operation is leading to the emergence of other mechanisms which do not exactly follow this pattern.

By choosing your profile from the menu, you can access more detailed information that closely matches the formalities you need to complete with the SACD in order to comply with French Authors’ law.

If your project or profile is not covered by one of these options, please contact our audiovisual department so we can examine the nature of your project and the best conditions under which royalties can be paid.