Russian Authors' Society Determined as Royalty Collector for Re-broadcast Russian Copyrighted Music on TV Channels

The Russian Authors Society’s (“RAO”) traditional function is to manage the copyright issues for authors on any relevant license agreements, part of which involves collecting the royalty payments due to the owners of the copyright. Recently RAO appears to have changed its position regarding the collection of royalty payments owed for music used in films broadcast in Russia. Several large foreign channels have recently received letters from RAO requesting that license agreements be signed with RAO and that all subsequent royalty payments are made to RAO for any music used in films which are broadcast.

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