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About CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers
“Serving Authors Worldwide”
CISAC – the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers – aims to increase both the protection and the promotion of creators’ rights worldwide. As the leading worldwide network of authors’ societies, CISAC enables collective management organisations to seamlessly represent creators across the globe and ensure that royalties flow to authors for the use of their works anywhere in the world. To this end, CISAC provides the highest business, legal and IT standards to protect creators’ .rights and to support the development of the international network of collective management societies
Through its membership of 231 authors’ societies from 121 countries, CISAC represents over 3 million creators and publishers of literary and artistic works in all genres (music, drama, literature, audiovisual, photography and the visual arts). In 2010, the royalties collected by CISAC's member societies in their respective national territories
Founded in 1926, CISAC is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation with worldwide headquarters in France and regional offices in Chile, Hungary, Singapore, and South Africa. The organisation was chaired by British singer and songwriter Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees until his untimely death in May 2012; French visual artist and painter Hervé Di Rosa, who had been serving as Vice President of CISAC since 2010, has been appointed Acting President until a successor to Gibb is announced. Olivier
Hinnewinkel was appointed Director General of CISAC in 2011.
CISAC’s main activities and member services aim to:
- To strengthen and develop the international network of copyright societies;
- To secure a position for creators and their collective management organisations in the international scene;
- To adopt and implement quality and technical efficiency criteria to increase copyright societies’ interoperability;
- To support societies’ strategic development in each region and in each repertoire;
- To retain a central database allowing societies to exchange information efficiently;
- To participate in improving national and international copyright laws and practices.
ACUM is a member of CISAC and obligated to all its High Standards regarding collecting and distributing of Royalties.