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.
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