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Television right

For each public performance or display of works, you require the author’s permission.

However, the Belgian copyright law of 30 June 1994 does not assign any performing rights for public events such as exhibitions of visual works or film screenings, for instance in museums. The right to exhibit a visual work no longer belongs to the author, but to the owner of the work because of his ownership.

The law does however assign public broadcasting rights for television broadcasts. Sabam has entered into agreements with the television stations in this matter and distributes these rights among its members.

The distribution of the television rights takes place every year in November. If you are a member of Sabam and some of your personal works or photos were shown on TV, you can report this by using this document:

Declaration television rights (NL version / FR version)

Although we try to verify as many programmes as possible, we still advise you to file a report. Please note that television rights are distributed with a two-year delay.