Types of Membership

CISAC is composed of Members, Provisional members and Associate members.

Further to the membership criteria reform adopted at the June 2018 General Assembly, being a Collective Management Organisation (CMO) is the first requirement to qualify as a CISAC Member or Provisional. A CMO definition was introduced, based on the core values of collective management, such as non-discrimination between right holders, open membership based on objective criteria, ownership or control by members and/or operation on a not-for-profit basis.

Entities that do not qualify as a CMO will be able to become CISAC Clients and obtain access to the CIS Tools under specific terms and conditions. To become a Client, an organisation will have to demonstrate that it is a Rights Management Entity (RME) as defined in the CISAC Statutes.

The General Assembly of June 2018 in Warsaw, Poland, approved a 2-year transitory period for full implementation of the reform, until June 2020.

 

Member

Under the CISAC Statutes, a society qualifies as a Member if it:

  • is a Collective Management Organisation;
  • has as its aim the advancement of Creators’ moral interests and the defence of the material interests of Creators (and, where relevant, other categories of rightholders);
  • has at its disposal effective machinery for the collection and distribution of Royalties to Creators (and, where relevant, other categories of rightholders) and assumes full responsibility for the administration of the rights entrusted to it;
  • carries out its activities for the common good of Creators (and, where relevant, other categories of rightholders) as a whole and not for any specific segment or group of Creators (and, where relevant, other categories of rightholders);
  • assumes full responsibility for the administration of the rights entrusted to it;
  • is able to demonstrate that its interests are consistent with the interests of CISAC;
  • does not administer the rights of performing artists, producers, broadcasters or any entity which exploits the rights of authors, composers, (and, where relevant, other categories of rightholders), except as a secondary activity;
  • does not have the power to sell or trade in the rights administered by the organisation, or the right to sell or trade in any interest in the Royalties collected or distributed by the organisation;
  • effectively collects and distributes Royalties to Creators (and, where relevant, other categories of rightholders);
  • carries out its activities in accordance with the Professional Rules;
  • has undergone a probation period as a Provisional (“Probation Period”);
  • complies with all relevant and applicable laws and regulations in countries where it operates.

Provisional Member

Before a society can be admitted as a CISAC Member, it is required to fulfil all the above listed requirements and undergo at least one two-year Probation Period as a Provisional member. During such Probation Period (which may be renewed by CISAC), a society is expected to demonstrate that it operates in compliance with CISAC’s Professional Rules and Binding Resolutions.

Associate Member

A society qualifies as an Associate member if it:

  • is not a Collective Management Organisation;
  • has as one of its aims the advancement of Creators’ moral interests and the defence of the material interests of Creators (and, where relevant, other categories of rightholders);
  • is able to demonstrate that its interests are consistent with the interests of CISAC;
  • does not exploit the rights of authors, composers, (and, where relevant, other categories of rightholders);
  • does not have the right or power to sell or trade in any interest in the Royalties collected or distributed by the organisation or in the rights owned and/or controlled by the organisation.
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