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Positive figures for the 2018 financial year to date

The Board meeting held the day before the General Assembly in June 2018 had a multi-layered agenda to handle. In addition to preparing for the General Assembly, the meeting also reviewed the course of business for the year to date. Report from the Board by Dora Zeller

Positive figures for the 2018 financial year to date

Satisfactory revenue and distribution results for composers, lyricists and publishers: SUISA’s 2018 financial year got off to a good start in terms of results. (Photo: Manu Leuenberger)

Key figures for the start of the 2018 financial year are positive: domestic revenues totalled CHF 60.3 million as at 31 May 2018, exceeding the budget by 8% and the prior year by 7%. The amount distributed in the second-quarter settlement in mid-June was CHF 43.8 million. At CHF 13.2 million, expenses were within budget.

Review of business activities

The Board approved the comprehensive report and explanatory notes to the 2017 financial statements prepared by the Auditor. These are part of the documentation that SUISA is required to file with the Federal Intellectual Property Institute (IPI) each year for its review of SUISA’s business activities.

Following changes in the Financial Market Infrastructure Act and its implementing ordinances, SUISA had to amend its investment regulations, in particular as regards due care rules for derivatives trading. The Board laid down clear guidelines regulating SUISA’s activities on the investment market. SUISA is also required to submit any amendments to these regulations each year to the IPI, the competent regulatory authority.

Satisfactory income and distribution results for year-to-date 2018

For the year to date as at 31 May, revenues increased for all classes of rights compared both with the budget and the prior year. The growth in revenues from online uses – plus 174%, or CHF 4.7 million – was particularly noteworthy. When preparing the budget, it had been expected that all online contracts would be transferred to SUISA Digital Licensing or Mint Digital Services, and that the corresponding revenues would flow into these companies. However, negotiations with the online service providers are taking longer than expected. Until the new contracts are signed, the corresponding revenues will continue to flow to SUISA, the parent company.

Initial distribution results for 2018 are also positive. The remuneration collected under most tariffs is meanwhile distributed to rightsholders following a quarterly schedule. The first quarterly settlement comprised 8,879 individual settlements representing a total distribution of CHF 13.8 million; the second, in mid-June, comprised 11,800 individual settlements and a total distribution of CHF 43.8 million.

With regard to revenues from abroad, thanks to a new IT application, we managed to distribute a larger number of settlements from our foreign sister societies than ever before at this time of the year. Remuneration totalling CHF 4.1 million was distributed to SUISA members. Moreover, starting in autumn 2018, foreign revenues will also be distributed on a quarterly basis. This means that the second of the three foreign settlements for 2018 will be distributed in mid-September. The third settlement will then be made in mid-December.

Sponsoring commitments and distribution rules

Figures aside, on to sponsoring: SUISA is making itself seen and heard with a number of actions in the framework of various musical events. The overriding aim is always to inform the public about the purpose and activities of our Cooperative Society and to attract well-deserved attention and esteem for the creative work ofour members. In this context, the members of the Committee for Organisation and Communication learnt about SUISA’s commitment in support of the Walo Prize and the organisation of the successful Songwriting Camp. Other events (co-)sponsored by SUISA include a day of concerts in the “Offen für Neues” (“open for the new”) series at the Festival Murten Classics in August, as well as “Label Suisse” in mid-September in Lausanne.

At the meeting, the Board also spent considerable time debating the amendment of the Distribution Rules. The amendments proposed by the Executive Committee are first examined by the Distribution and Works Committee. They are then referred to the Committee for Tariffs and Distribution before being sent to the Board. Finally, the amendments must be submitted to the IPI and the Liechtenstein Office of Economic Affairs. The amendments come into force once they are approved by both institutions, and the document is published.

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The Board meeting held the day before the General Assembly in June 2018 had a multi-layered agenda to handle. In addition to preparing for the General Assembly, the meeting also reviewed the course of business for the year to date. Report from the Board by Dora Zeller

Positive figures for the 2018 financial year to date

Satisfactory revenue and distribution results for composers, lyricists and publishers: SUISA’s 2018 financial year got off to a good start in terms of results. (Photo: Manu Leuenberger)

Key figures for the start of the 2018 financial year are positive: domestic revenues totalled CHF 60.3 million as at 31 May 2018, exceeding the budget by 8% and the prior year by 7%. The amount distributed in the second-quarter settlement in mid-June was CHF 43.8 million. At CHF 13.2 million, expenses were within budget.

Review of business activities

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Since December 2017, statements are made available via “my account”

Thanks to the password-protected members’ area “my account”, our members can keep an overview of their distribution statements and distribution settlements. Many members asked us to stop the dispatch by post. We have taken this request into account and introduced the option to renounce on the postal dispatch. Text by Claudia Kempf

Since December 2017, statements are made available via “my account”

SUISA members with access to the password-protected membership area have been informed via a personal infomail since December 2017 if a new settlement is available in “my account”. (Photo: Rawpixel / Shutterstock.com, edited by Manu leuenberger)

During autumn 2017, more than 14,000 members with access to “my account” were informed that they would only receive statements upon request in future. Only a minority have since asked for the postal dispatch. Online access to the distributions therefore corresponds to a requirement supported by the majority. The pdfs which are listed in a clear order and can be easily navigated as well as the overview of the annual remuneration is something that is appreciated by our members and that makes the postal dispatch obsolete for many.

With the fourth quarterly distribution dated 15 December 2017, registered users of “my account” will be informed in person for the first time when a new statement is available for download in “my account”. About half of all authors and publishers for whom a settlement had been created received an infomail and have checked their distributions directly via “my account”. Only 0.1% of the e-mails could not be delivered. The introduction of this new type of dispatch has thus been successfully introduced.

We do try to contact those members to whom we could not deliver the infomail – if possible – in person. If this is not possible, the access to “my account” is blocked and the member is requested in writing to provide a new, valid e-mail address. Please therefore remember to inform us of any changes to your e-mail address without any delay.

Do you also wish to be informed as soon as a new statement has been created for you? This is where you can order the access for your personal account: www.suisa.ch/my-account

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Thanks to the password-protected members’ area “my account”, our members can keep an overview of their distribution statements and distribution settlements. Many members asked us to stop the dispatch by post. We have taken this request into account and introduced the option to renounce on the postal dispatch. Text by Claudia Kempf

Since December 2017, statements are made available via “my account”

SUISA members with access to the password-protected membership area have been informed via a personal infomail since December 2017 if a new settlement is available in “my account”. (Photo: Rawpixel / Shutterstock.com, edited by Manu leuenberger)

During autumn 2017, more than 14,000 members with access to “my account” were informed that they would only receive statements upon request in future. Only a minority have since asked for the postal dispatch. Online access to the distributions therefore corresponds to a requirement supported...read more

SUISA settlement dates 2018 – and one improvement

SUISA shall stick to its established settlement dates in 2018. They comprise, in the main, four quarterly settlements as well as various supplementary settlements spread across the coming year in analogy to the previous year. From the 2nd semester of 2018 onwards, settlements of international collections shall be switched over to a quarterly distribution frequency. Text by Wolfgang Rudigier and Manu Leuenberger

SUISA settlement dates 2018 - and one improvement

Always staying on top of their copyright remuneration: SUISA members get online access to their settlements via the portal “My Account” and can take a look by simply clicking their way through. (Photo: Denis Nata / Shutterstock.com)

The first settlement for international collections shall be paid out at the usual date, at the end of May, in 2018. Later on, after the 2nd semester, the payment of the remuneration from abroad will be switched over to quarterly settlements: Thanks to this improvement, two dates for international settlements will be added in September and December instead of the previous November pay-out.

Another enhancement in terms of international settlements had already been introduced successfully with the recent settlement of November 2017: By way of a new application, the settlements for the remuneration from abroad now also reflect the variety of usage categories of the works (e.g. live, radio, TV, sound recordings, downloads, streaming etc.). Moreover, further usage details (such as online provider, radio channel etc.) are now visible. This requires that such details have been passed on to SUISA by its sister society.

SUISA settlement dates 2018 – an overview

Settlement Date
Quarterly settlement 2018-1 15/03/2018
Domestic performing rights, tariffs: D, K, Z (3rd quarter 2017)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariff: A (SRG Radio & TV 3rd quarter 2017)
Reproduction rights, tariffs: PA, PI, PN, VI, VN (3rd quarter 2017)
Reproduction rights online (Downloads & Streaming)
Supplementary settlements
Adjustments 2018, 1st settlement End of March
Settlements from abroad: Performing, broadcasting and reproduction rights 2018, 1st settlement End of May
Quarterly settlement 2018-2 15/06/2018
Domestic performing rights, tariffs: B, C, D, E, H, Hb, HV, K, Z (2017)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariff: A (SRG Radio & TV 4rd quarter 2017)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariff: A (SRG commercials 2017)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariffs: S, Y (2017)
Reproduction rights, tariffs: PA, PI, PN, VI, VN (4th quarter 2017)
Reproduction rights, central licensing (2nd semester 2017)
Reproduction rights, online (Downloads & Streaming)
Supplementary settlements
Publisher’s pension benefits Beginning of July
Author’s pension benefits Mid-July
Quarterly settlement 2018-3 15/09/2018
Domestic performing rights, tariffs: D, K, Z (1st quarter 2018)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariff: A (SRG Radio & TV 1st quarter 2018)
Advertising windows (2016)
Reproduction rights, tariffs: PA, PI, PN, VI, VN (1st quarter 2018)
Reproduction rights, online (Downloads & Streaming)
Supplementary settlements
Settlements from abroad: Performing, broadcasting and reproduction rights 2018, 2nd settlement Mid-September
Blank media levy (CT 4), settlement 2018 Mid-September
Sub-publisher shares cable networks, settlement 2018 Mid-September
Adjustments 2018, 2nd settlement End of September
Re-recording rights settlement, 2018 End of October
Quarterly settlement 2018-4 15/12/2018
Domestic performing rights, tariffs: D, K, Z (2nd quarter 2018)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariff: A (SRG Radio & TV 2nd quarter 2018)
Reproduction rights, tariffs: PA, PI, PN, VI, VN (2nd quarter 2018)
Reproduction rights, central licensing (1st semester 2018)
Reproduction rights, online (Downloads & Streaming)
Supplementary settlements
Settlements from abroad: Performing, broadcasting and reproduction rights 2018, 3rd settlement Mid-December

Further information on the SUISA settlements can be accessed at:
www.suisa.ch/settlementdates

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SUISA shall stick to its established settlement dates in 2018. They comprise, in the main, four quarterly settlements as well as various supplementary settlements spread across the coming year in analogy to the previous year. From the 2nd semester of 2018 onwards, settlements of international collections shall be switched over to a quarterly distribution frequency. Text by Wolfgang Rudigier and Manu Leuenberger

SUISA settlement dates 2018 - and one improvement

Always staying on top of their copyright remuneration: SUISA members get online access to their settlements via the portal “My Account” and can take a look by simply clicking their way through. (Photo: Denis Nata / Shutterstock.com)

The first settlement for international collections shall be paid out at the usual date, at the end of May, in 2018. Later on, after the 2nd semester, the payment of the remuneration from abroad...read more

Always on top of things thanks to “my account”

More than 14,000 members are already using our member portal “my account”. More than half of all new registrations of original works during 2016 were done online. Why do more and more members regularly use “my account”? Text by Claudia Kempf

Always on top of things thanks to “my account”

Via our online portal “my account”, members enjoy personalised access to SUISA matters – via a single keystroke (Foto: Manu Leuenberger)

Thanks to the password-protected members’ area “my account”, our members keep an overview of the most significant SUISA matters such as settlements and work registrations.

Settlements always to hand as navigable PDFs

All settlements of the past five years can be accessed online at any time. The settlements in PDF format are user friendly as our members can navigate their way around in settlements that span several pages simply by using their mouse. Upon clicking on a work title in the table of contents, the respective detailed list of the work usages will be displayed, whereas a click on the SUISA number leads to the sound and audiovisual recordings’ list.

The total distributed amount for a year is shown in a cumulated way. It is visible at a glance which amount was paid out by SUISA over a year. Members who have access to “my account” can, in future, renounce on the paper dispatch of settlements. If a new settlement becomes available, a notification will be sent to members in future.

Access to personal data at any time

In the user profile, personal data such as postal addresses and payment addresses can be accessed. This area is currently being expanded so that members can amend their details directly in their profile section. Registered pseudonyms and relating IPI numbers are also included in this area. For publisher members with sub-editions or several main publishers, all information can be accessed via a login.

My account works database

With a personal user account, SUISA members can specifically search online for provisional works via the portal “my account”. (Photo: Screenshot www.suisa.ch)

Optimised search functionalities for provisional works

Users have the option to search specifically for provisional works in our works database. Provisional works come into existence when they appear on reports on music use submitted to SUISA by users and the work has not been registered with SUISA at all or under a different title. The income generated for such provisional works is, however, held back from payment until the works have been registered and/or been linked to existing works. Read more about provisional works in the article “Why are there undocumented works in my works database?” (article in german) in SUISAinfo issue 3.12.

Efficient registration of works and sub-publishing agreements

Online work registration is simple. Since 2017, the IPI number of SUISA members can be searched within the registration process and be implemented into the notification. Publishers have benefited from the option to register sub-publishing agreements via the portal since spring this year. Thanks to the link to the SUISA systems, online registrations are processed more quickly and efficiently.

Mobile-friendly and future-proof

Of course, our SUISA platform is compatible with mobile devices such as tablets or smartphones. The membership portal is therefore available and accessible at any time and from anywhere.

We continue to expand our service range offered and to add new functionalities and services. We shall keep you informed on any related news via SUISAblog.ch, suisa.ch or in our SUISAinfo magazine.

Access to “my account” is open to every SUISA member. Request a login or your personal online user account at:

www.suisa.ch/my-account

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More than 14,000 members are already using our member portal “my account”. More than half of all new registrations of original works during 2016 were done online. Why do more and more members regularly use “my account”? Text by Claudia Kempf

Always on top of things thanks to “my account”

Via our online portal “my account”, members enjoy personalised access to SUISA matters – via a single keystroke (Foto: Manu Leuenberger)

Thanks to the password-protected members’ area “my account”, our members keep an overview of the most significant SUISA matters such as settlements and work registrations.

Settlements always to hand as navigable PDFs

All settlements of the past five years can be accessed online at any time. The settlements in PDF format are user friendly as our members can navigate their way around in settlements that span several pages simply by using their mouse....read more

SUISA member services: one look back, one look forward

Quicker pay-outs due to quarterly settlements, simpler data processing via online works registrations, digital access to statements via “my account”, more efficiency via online forms … What’s next – settlements in “real time”? Will there be no more paper dispatched in future? By Irène Philipp Ziebold, Director

SUISA member services: one look back, one look forward

You want to register your work with SUISA while you’re in your rehearsal cellar via your tablet, or check your statements electronically? No problem – thanks to the web portal “my account”. (Photo: Archimede / Shutterstock.com)

In the last few years, SUISA has already implemented important measures which yielded more efficiency and higher quality for member services. The layout of the statements has also been reviewed. Since their redesign, they contain even more detailed information than ever before. Distributions thus became more transparent. In autumn 2015, SUISA introduced quarterly settlements. Since then, members receive the remuneration due to them at least four times a year.

Since 2015, members can electronically access their settlements via the web portal “my account”. An update was carried out at the beginning of March 2017 regarding the online service range offered by SUISA which members can use via “my account”: the works registration has been simplified, members can search specifically for roles in relation to their own works (e.g. Arranger), sub-publishing agreements can now be registered online and the web portal layout has been optimised for the broad range of end devices.

A works registration at SUISA via a tablet while you’re on the road, while you’re rehearsing in your cellar at home or during a meeting with your co-authors somewhere abroad? Thanks for “my account” all of this is possible.

From paper to electronic mail-outs

Paper forms (hardcopies) will be replaced by soft copies. Electronic data processing makes efficient processing possible. SUISA constantly checks what is possible from a technical point of view and what actually makes sense with regards to the range of member services offered. In this context, it is also important to consider members’ interests and wishes.

Do SUISA members want to receive all settlements and the relevant settlement details on paper? Or is the majority of members of the opinion that there should only be electronic statements now?

It is obvious that costs can be saved by not printing settlement statements out any longer to be mailed out by post. What speaks against renouncing on a paper dispatch is the fact that up to now only half of the active membership holds a log in for “my account”. Moreover, it is known that some members continue to regard hardcopy statements as a necessity going forward.

Taking all of these aspects into consideration, the range of member services is currently discussed; especially the pros and cons of the various offers have to be weighed up. Decisions will be made in the course of 2017.

Settlements in “real time”?

Every now and then we are asked by members whether we are planning to run distributions in “real time”. This would mean that, as soon copyright remuneration e.g. for a concert has been collected, it would be immediately paid out to the entitled parties . There are no longer settlement dates for all members but each member would receive their money separately as soon as it becomes available.

The technological requirements could – with some rather significant effort – be developed for such a process. The entire process from collection to pay-out would have to be analysed from scratch. Particularly our distribution rules would have to undergo a major overhaul since many provisions are not compatible with a real-time distribution.

As a consequence, the question remains whether such a system and process migration really corresponds with the needs of the majority of our members and whether quarterly pay-outs might not already satisfy the need for efficiency?

More service, more advice

We continue to monitor and test the service range offered to our members. The rule of thumb is: as much service as possible! Numerous automation processes such as data processing could – as already mentioned – be introduced by means of new IT applications. These enable a more efficient processing and offer the chance to use the resources thus freed up in another way.

The time that has thus been gained will be used for a competent and personal advisory service to our members. Apart from all the measures to increase efficiency, the personal contact to our members continues to be a core concern of SUISA. We will not lose sight of the quality assurance of SUISA member services.

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Quicker pay-outs due to quarterly settlements, simpler data processing via online works registrations, digital access to statements via “my account”, more efficiency via online forms … What’s next – settlements in “real time”? Will there be no more paper dispatched in future? By Irène Philipp Ziebold, Director

SUISA member services: one look back, one look forward

You want to register your work with SUISA while you’re in your rehearsal cellar via your tablet, or check your statements electronically? No problem – thanks to the web portal “my account”. (Photo: Archimede / Shutterstock.com)

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SUISA settlement dates 2017 – an overview

SUISA members whose works are performed, broadcast, reproduced or used online a lot can look forward to receiving remuneration at least four times per year for their work on lyrics or compositions or their publishing activities. In 2017, SUISA will continue with its quarterly distributions that it had successfully introduced previously. Minor modifications serve the purpose of distributing the income swiftly and cost-effectively. Text by Manu Leuenberger

SUISA settlement dates 2017 – an overview

During financial year 2016, 15,106 authors and 1,373 publishers received one or several settlements from SUISA. (Photo: Manu Leuenberger)

SUISA payments are a “bonus in June” for Sophie Burande and Léonard Gogniat of Carrousel, as mentioned in an interview, and “a recognition of the work involved in writing lyrics and composing music”. In another conversation with us, Camilla Sparksss alias Barbara Lehnhoff said that she considered SUISA settlements as a helpful and “lovely Christmas present each year”.

Whether Christmas present or “summer bonus”: The points in time where SUISA members can look forward to receiving their copyright royalties are connected to the SUISA settlement dates. Members who are due royalties on the basis of SUISA’s distribution rules, receive a payment on these dates.

The rhythm of payments to authors and publishers had been increased a while ago: From 2015 onwards, SUISA introduced quarterly settlements. As a consequence, the collected remuneration will be passed on to rights holders four times per year.

Quarterly distribution of collections to authors and publishers

In 2017, SUISA will continue with its quarterly distributions that it had successfully introduced previously. There are only minor modifications compared to the previous year. These few improvements are another step in the direction of SUISA’s goal to pay out the remuneration as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

The distribution category SRG TV is paid out more quickly: Previously, the distribution of collections from this category took place twice a year. From 2017 onwards, the relevant remuneration will be paid out four times per year in the course of the quarterly settlements. SRG is the biggest licensee, or customer, of SUISA. As a consequence, the remuneration amounts in category SRG TV that are now paid out more quickly to authors and publishers of the broadcast music are relatively high.

From 2017 onwards, advertising window settlements will no longer be run separately but as part of the 3rd quarterly payment in mid-September. The integration of this supplementary settlement into the quarterly distribution is a simplification of the handling process and thus saves costs.

Overview of SUISA’s 2017 settlements calendar

Settlement Date
Quarterly settlement 2017-1 15/03/2017
Domestic performing rights, tariffs: D, K, Z (3rd quarter 2016)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariff: A (SRG Radio 3rd quarter 2016)
Reproduction rights, tariffs: PA, PI, PN, VI, VN (3rd quarter 2016)
Reproduction rights online (Downloads & Streaming)
Supplementary settlements
Adjustments 2017, 1st settlement End of March
Settlements from abroad: Performing, broadcasting and reproduction rights 2017, 1st settlement End of May
Quarterly settlement 2017-2 15/06/2017
Domestic performing rights, tariffs: B, C, D, E, H, Hb, HV, K, Z (2016)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariff: A (SRG Radio 4th quarter 2016)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariff: A (SRG TV, 2nd semester 2016)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariff: A (SRG commercials 2016)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariffs: S, Y (2016)
Reproduction rights, tariffs: PA, PI, PN, VI, VN (4th quarter 2016)
Reproduction rights, central licensing (2nd semester 2016)
Reproduction rights, online (Downloads & Streaming)
Supplementary settlements
Publishers’ pension benefits Beginning of July
Authors’ pension benefits Mid-July
Quarterly settlement 2017-3 15/09/2017
Domestic performing rights, tariffs: D, K, Z (1st quarter 2017)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariff: A (SRG Radio & TV, 1st quarter 2017)
Advertising windows (2015)
Reproduction rights, tariffs: PA, PI, PN, VI, VN (1st quarter 2017)
Reproduction rights, online (Downloads & Streaming)
Blank media levy (CT 4), settlement 2017
Sub-publisher shares cable networks, settlement 2017
Supplementary settlements
Adjustments 2017, 2nd settlement End of September
Re-recording rights settlement, 2017 End of October
Settlements from abroad: Performing, broadcasting and reproduction rights 2017, 2nd settlement End of November
Quarterly settlement 2017-4 15/12/2017
Domestic performing rights, tariffs: D, K, Z (2nd quarter 2017)
Domestic broadcasting rights, tariff: A (SRG Radio & TV, 2nd quarter)
Reproduction rights, tariffs: PA, PI, PN, VI, VN (2nd quarter 2017)
Reproduction rights, central licensing (1st semester 2017)
Reproduction rights, online (Downloads & Streaming)

Further information is available on the SUISA website in the form of explanations of the SUISA settlement and a list of the private broadcasters included in the settlements.

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SUISA members whose works are performed, broadcast, reproduced or used online a lot can look forward to receiving remuneration at least four times per year for their work on lyrics or compositions or their publishing activities. In 2017, SUISA will continue with its quarterly distributions that it had successfully introduced previously. Minor modifications serve the purpose of distributing the income swiftly and cost-effectively. Text by Manu Leuenberger

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Distribution calendar 2016: Members get their payments more quickly

From 2016 onwards, SUISA pays out four times instead of only twice per year. Members thus get their money more quickly. Due to the integration of various settlement categories into one distribution, SUISA has also been able to simplify its processes and increase its cost efficiency. Text by Wolfgang Rudigier and Teresa Goepel

Distribution calendar 2016: Members get their payments more quickly

SUISA members get their money more quickly. From 2016 onwards, SUISA pays out four times per year. (Photo: Teresa Goepel)

One of the main objectives of the SUISA distribution department has been met: After a successful test run at the end of 2015, SUISA is paying out quarterly from 2016 onwards. The settlement dates are in March, June, September and December.  By way of the new settlement dates, SUISA can pay out the copyright remuneration it has collected more quickly to its members. Furthermore, various settlement categories have been combined which enhances the transparency of the distributions for members and increases SUISA’s cost efficiency. The constant improvement of services and the simplification of processes and the ensuing increased cost efficiency are among SUISA’s most important objectives.

Distribution calendar 2016

Abrechnungen
Termin
Quartalsabrechnung 2016-1
15.03.2016
Aufführungsrechte Schweiz, Tarife: D, K (3. Quartal 2015)
Senderechte Schweiz, Tarif: A (SRG Radio 3. Quartal 2015)
Vervielfältigungsrechte, Tarife: PA, PI, PN, VI, VN (3. Quartal 2015)
Vervielfältigungsrechte, Online (Downloads & Streaming)
Zusatzabrechnungen
Nachverrechnung 2016, 1. Abrechnung Ende März
Abrechnungen aus dem Ausland: Aufführungs-, Sende- und Vervielfältigungsrechte 2016,
1. Abr.
Ende Mai
Quartalsabrechnung 2016-2 15.06.2016
Aufführungsrechte Schweiz, Tarife: B, C, E, H, Hb, HV, Z (2015)
Aufführungsrechte Schweiz, Tarife: D, K (4. Quartal 2015)
Senderechte Schweiz, Tarif: A (SRG Radio 4. Quartal 2015)
Senderechte Schweiz, Tarif: A (SRG TV 2. Halbjahr 2015)
Senderechte Schweiz, Tarif: A (SRG Werbespots 2015)
Senderechte Schweiz, Tarife: S, Y (2015)
Vervielfältigungsrechte, Tarife: PA, PI, PN, VI, VN (4. Quartal 2015)
Vervielfältigungsrechte, Zentrale Lizenzierung (2. Halbjahr 2015)
Vervielfältigungsrechte, Online (Downloads & Streaming)
Zusatzabrechnungen
Verleger-Fürsorge Anfang Juli
Renten-Urheberfürsorge Mitte Juli
Quartalsabrechnung 2016-3 15.09.2016
Aufführungsrechte Schweiz, Tarife: D, K (1. Quartal 2016)
Senderechte Schweiz, Tarif: A (SRG Radio 1. Quartal 2016)
Vervielfältigungsrechte, Tarife: PA, PI, PN, VI, VN (1. Quartal 2016)
Vervielfältigungsrechte, Online (Downloads & Streaming)
Leerträgervergütung (GT4), Abrechnung 2016
Subverleger-Anteile Kabelnetze, Abrechnung 2016
Zusatzabrechnungen
Werbefenster (2014) Ende September
Nachverrechnung 2016, 2. Abrechnung Ende September
Abrechnung Überspielrechte, 2016 Ende Oktober
Abrechnungen aus dem Ausland: Aufführungs-, Sende- und Vervielfältigungsrechte 2016,
2. Abr.
Ende November
Quartalsabrechnung 2016-4 15.12.2016
Aufführungsrechte Schweiz, Tarife: D, K (2. Quartal 2016)
Senderechte Schweiz, Tarif: A (SRG Radio 2. Quartal 2016)
Senderechte Schweiz, Tarif: A (SRG TV 1. Halbjahr 2016)
Vervielfältigungsrechte, Tarife: PA, PI, PN, VI, VN (2. Quartal 2016)
Vervielfältigungsrechte, Zentrale Lizenzierung (1. Halbjahr 2016)
Vervielfältigungsrechte, Online (Downloads & Streaming)
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From 2016 onwards, SUISA pays out four times instead of only twice per year. Members thus get their money more quickly. Due to the integration of various settlement categories into one distribution, SUISA has also been able to simplify its processes and increase its cost efficiency. Text by Wolfgang Rudigier and Teresa Goepel

Distribution calendar 2016: Members get their payments more quickly

SUISA members get their money more quickly. From 2016 onwards, SUISA pays out four times per year. (Photo: Teresa Goepel)

One of the main objectives of the SUISA distribution department has been met: After a successful test run at the end of 2015, SUISA is paying out quarterly from 2016 onwards. The settlement dates are in March, June, September and December.  By way of the new settlement dates, SUISA can pay out the copyright remuneration it has collected more quickly...read more

New online services in “my account” for SUISA members

Since June 2015, SUISA members have access to new services via their personal online user accounts: “my account” now offers distribution statements in pdf format, access to personal data and an improved work search facility. Text by Claudia Kempf

New online services in “my account” for SUISA members

The member portal “my account” has been made mobile-friendly and future-proof. Our personal online user account gradually offers SUISA members new functions. (Photo: Manu Leuenberger)

SUISA is gradually extending its online services for its members. The password-protected members’ area “my account” has been entirely re-developed. The redesigned platform enables functionalities in future that require a smooth exchange with the back office and other IT systems at SUISA.

Distribution statements as pdfs and access to personal data

The first version of the re-programmed online portal offers SUISA members extended options in some areas:

Members can now access all their distributions from the last five years. These distributions shall be made available in pdf for downloading.

Personal data such as postal addresses and payment addresses can be displayed. Any pseudonyms registered and the relevant IPI numbers are listed in the “profile” area.

All details were summarised for publishing members with sub-editions or several main publishers. The merged data are clearly arranged and easily accessible via one login.

Optimised functions

In addition to the above improvements, further functions of the previous version have been revised and optimised. The search in the works database contains additional functionalities. It is now possible to specifically search for provisional/temporary works registrations. A work is deemed to have been registered provisionally if SUISA has found out about it due to a usage report, but if the work has not yet, only partially, or under a completely different title been registered with SUISA by the author or publisher.

Furthermore, sub-publishers are now also shown in the works database. Finally, the online works registration has been adapted and expanded by additional entry fields.

Mobile-friendly and future-proof

Of course, our “my account” platform is compatible with mobile devices such as tablets or smartphones. We are planning to continually extend the services in the online user account by further functionalities and additional services over the next 4 years. We shall keep you informed on any related news via SUISAblog.ch, suisa.ch or in our SUISAinfo magazine.

Access to “my account” is open to every SUISA member. You can order your login for your personal online user account under:

d: www.suisa.ch/mein-konto
f: www.suisa.ch/mon-compte
i: www.suisa.ch/il-mio-conto
e: www.suisa.ch/my-account

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Since June 2015, SUISA members have access to new services via their personal online user accounts: “my account” now offers distribution statements in pdf format, access to personal data and an improved work search facility. Text by Claudia Kempf

New online services in “my account” for SUISA members

The member portal “my account” has been made mobile-friendly and future-proof. Our personal online user account gradually offers SUISA members new functions. (Photo: Manu Leuenberger)

SUISA is gradually extending its online services for its members. The password-protected members’ area “my account” has been entirely re-developed. The redesigned platform enables functionalities in future that require a smooth exchange with the back office and other IT systems at SUISA.

Distribution statements as pdfs and access to personal data

The first version of the re-programmed online portal offers SUISA members extended options in some areas:

Members can now access all...read more

First distribution of collections arising from the Youtube agreement

With its online settlementof June 2015, SUISA distributes collections based on the Youtube agreement for the first time. Income from 5 quarters is included in the payout. The total distributed amount is roughly CHF 300,000. The aim is not just to pay out for titles with advertising turnover but for all used and identifiable works, depending on the click rate. Text by Andreas Wegelin, CEO

First distribution of collections arising from the Youtube agreement

According to the reports on music use by Youtube, music from SUISA members is mainly played in the following countries outside Switzerland: Germany, France, Poland, Italy and Great Britain. (Photo: Manu Leuenberger)

The agreement between SUISA and Youtube has now been running in its second year. The agreement covers direct licensing for exploitations in 43 countries. It does, of course, cover the usages in Switzerland. For the repertoire of SUISA members, the usage from 42 additional countries is being licensed. The territory covered by the agreement includes, apart from the whole of Europe, also countries in Asia and Africa.

With its online distribution of June 2015, SUISA distributes collections based on the Youtube agreement for the first time. These licence fees and usage reports have been submitted since the beginning of the agreement from autumn 2013 to the end of 2014. From the respective 5 quarters, a total amount of about CHF 300,000 is available for distribution.

Elaborate development of the reporting system

Videos with musical contents as well as films created by users themselves with music in the background (“user generated content”) are accessible via the Youtube platform. The elaboration of a suitable reporting system with the new contractual partner turned out to be complex. The basic principle of the reporting process applied at Youtube is explained in the SUISAblog article “Why SUISA members do not have to submit registrations, if their works are on Youtube”.

The main challenge for the processing of the usage reports submitted by Youtube is not just the enormous data volume but also the data quality – especially that of the “user generated content”. Videos by private users hardly contain information on the used (music) material. This segment, which Youtube calls “non music”, could not be identified due to a lack of exact data. As a consequence, no money will be allocated to these segments.

Things are different, however, for the so-called “music” segments: For the 15-month distribution period, SUISA has processed reports on music use by Youtube with approximately 3.2m different videos, with a total of 1.7bn clicks between them. Of the latter, 590.2m clicks relate to the repertoire distributed by SUISA.

Distribution of Youtube collections

Wherever it was possible to directly link advertising revenue to a video with identified music the income will be distributed for this video, resp. the music contained therein. This means: A music video has generated income via advertising. The video contains a single work which could be identified by a music usage report from Youtube and is has a complete registration in the SUISA works database. The income generated by the video will be paid out to the rights holders of the individual video.

Further works in videos from the “music” segment, which could be identified, obtain a share of the remaining income from the Youtube agreement in line with their click rate. The distribution amount per click for the distribution period is CHF 0.0008. In comparison, SUISA could pay out an average amount of CHF 0.0018 per stream in the second Spotify distribution which is also taking place now, i.e. more than twice as much.

Just like the contracts with other online music providers, the Youtube agreement will be subject to a periodic review. The impending negotiations to renew the agreement will provide an opportunity to hold discussions on the reporting of data for the identification of the music contents of our repertoire and of course the financial conditions of the licence for Youtube. So that authors will get their fair share for the usage of their works on the biggest global video platform.

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With its online settlementof June 2015, SUISA distributes collections based on the Youtube agreement for the first time. Income from 5 quarters is included in the payout. The total distributed amount is roughly CHF 300,000. The aim is not just to pay out for titles with advertising turnover but for all used and identifiable works, depending on the click rate. Text by Andreas Wegelin, CEO

First distribution of collections arising from the Youtube agreement

According to the reports on music use by Youtube, music from SUISA members is mainly played in the following countries outside Switzerland: Germany, France, Poland, Italy and Great Britain. (Photo: Manu Leuenberger)

The agreement between SUISA and Youtube has now been running in its second year. The agreement covers direct licensing for exploitations in 43 countries. It does, of course, cover the usages in Switzerland. For the repertoire...read more

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