A key objective of CISAC University is to provide an industry-leading information resource to help drive awareness and education about the importance of the rights of creators around the world.
To achieve this for our member societies, we provide technical briefings, deliver regular international updates and facilitate training programmes on all matters to do with the rights of creators in all geographic regions. This helps to give them the knowledge and tools to administer the rights of creators efficiently and to the highest professional standards.
However the challenge extends beyond our membership.
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To ensure that the fundamental rights of creators are established by law everywhere in the world requires the support of policy makers, legislators and ultimately the broader community. The greater the understanding of why the rights of creators are so important as well as why and how they need to be protected, the more powerful our mission.
This information resource is aimed at creators themselves as well, especially those who are new to the profession. They represent the future contribution to culture and the global economy so it is vital that they understand:
- Where their rights come from
- How they can best act to protect and promote their rights
- How the process of being paid for their work operates
In this section, we begin with an overview on the essential principles of author’s rights. Next, we explain the principles, rationale and process of collective management. We then review the key international agreements that have established the standards for the rights of creators as a matter of law.
First, as specified in the glossary, the expression “Author” refers to any kind of creator: a writer, a composer, a painter, a photographer or any other individual human being engaged in creating something which is protected by copyright law.
Second, the expression “Author” is also used in the laws of many countries in substitution for the word “Copyright”. Thus France has an “Authors’ Right Law” while the United States has a “Copyright Law”. There are historical reasons for this difference and in fact both the French and U.S. laws have much in common and embody the same international standards.
We will use the term “author” to refer to all kinds of creators and we will use the expression copyright law to refer to both international agreements and national laws that govern their rights.