Dutch Copyright Federation

Auteursrecht.nl is owned and managed by Stichting Federatie Auteursrechtbelangen (Dutch Copyright Federation).

The website Auteursrecht.nl provides clear and comprehensive information about copyright and neigbouring rights, for creative makers as well as for users of protected works and performances. The ‘auteursrechtwijzer’ (copyright guide) answers questions and, if necessary, directs you to the rights organisations. And why not also take a look at Auteursrechtvoorjou.nl, our junior’s version of the site, where the most important copyright issues are explained to children aged 9-12. Both sites feature the short video ‘Auteursrecht in 2 minuten’. Find the English translation below:

The Dutch Copyright Federation is a cooperation of Platform Makers, Platform Creative Media Industry and VOI©E. The Federation is one of the few organisations in the world that represents all national categories of rightsholders in copyright and neighbouring rights. The Federation came into being in 2012, as successor of the Dutch Copyright Foundation, which dates back to 1984.

Platform Makers consists of 18 professional associations of authors and performing artists. Platform Creative Media Industry is an association of trade organisations of publishers and producers of creative content. VOI©E is the trade organisation of collective management organisations (CMOs) in the Netherlands, and represents 17 CMOs. 

The Federation’s main objectives are to enhance and strengthen copyright’s appreciation by society, and to protect and improve the rightsholders’ position. Each of the Federation’s three affiliates independently prepares its policies regarding its specific area of interest. In the setting of the Federation the three affiliates discuss issues of common interest and try to attune their individual policies. Also, they decide whether collective action is required or desired on specific subjects.

The general tasks of the Federation can be summarized as follows:
- development and promotion of common views;
- exchange of information and provision of a platform for coordinated action;
- public information on and promotion of copyright and neighbouring rights.
In addition, the Federation has the special task of arranging the financial conditions for  collective enforcement of rights.
Board and Federation Council
The Federation is a foundation, and its board is presided by an independent chair. The three affiliates are represented in the board by three members. Furthermore, the associates of the constituting platforms can influence the policy making by participating in the Federation Council. In the Council, each platform has four representatives, not being board members, who have the right to vote. 

Federatie Auteursrechtbelangen
Lange Voorhout 86/12
2514 EJ  The Hague