Reproduction on video medium

If you want to publish a film on DVD or Blu-ray, there are two types of rights that you have to consider. First and foremost are the synchronisation rights (in order to be able to use a certain piece of music in your film) and then there are the reproduction rights (to be allowed to duplicate the film). All the information necessary to clarify these points with Sabam can be found here.

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Synchronisation rights

First and foremost you have to ask for permission from the publisher of the music work. These are the "synchronisation royalties" that you have to pay in order to be able to use music in a film. Sabam acts here only as an intermediary. It is ultimately the publisher who decides whether or not the work can be used and how much it is to cost. There is no minimum or maximum royalty for this.

You can also use library or stock music. For this you pay a fixed tariff per piece of music and per fraction of 30 seconds. More information on this can be found in our brochure.

List of publishers offering library music

Another possibility is to compose the music yourself or to have it composed specially for your production. In this case you reach a direct agreement with a composer.

Finally you can always use music on which there are no longer authors' rights because it belongs to the public domain (music whose longest living author/composer has been dead for more than 70 years).

 

Reproduction rights

Apart from the synchronisation rights, you also have to settle the reproduction rights in order to be allowed to duplicate the film. You can also do this via e-Licensing.

Permission is given under the following conditions:

  • If the audiovisual production contains music to which Sabam manages the rights, the percentage royalty is 3.5% of the wholesale price. This is calculated as the duration of the music in relation to the total duration of the production (film), taking into account a minimum royalty per copy of EUR 0.11.
  • If Sabam manages not only the rights to the music, but also the rights of the director and/or scriptwriter, the percentage royalty is 6.10% of the wholesale price, taking into account a minimum royalty per copy of EUR 0.19.