How does Sabam collect the reproduction royalties?

The collections are mainly based on requests from clients who wish to use Sabam's visual repertoire.

Based on the information provided by the client, Sabam will calculate and invoice the fees due. Invoicing will take place once Sabam has received the proof of use. This is to verify whether the user has actually used the work as stated in his application. If there is a discrepancy, the fees due will be recalculated.

Sworn representatives of Sabam carry out periodic checks on various users. If they establish unlawful use, they will draw up an official report and the fees due will be invoiced. The artist will first be contacted to report this unlawful use.

Members of Sabam can also report a use or infringement at any time. This report will be verified and if it appears that no permission has been given for this use, a check will be carried out and the fees due will be invoiced.