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Association of Authors and Publishers

Submitted by admin on Mon, 07/12/2010 - 17:19
COPYRIGHT POLSKA, Association of Authors and Publishers
Sarego 2
+48 (12) 4293929
+48 (12) 4293938
Chief Executive Name
Barbara Jóźwiak
Chief Executive Title
Chairman of the Board
Key representative
Grzegorz Gauden
Vice Chairman
Vice Chairman
Key representative
Janusz Kobyliński
History of the organisation
COPYRIGHT POLSKA is a collective management organisation granted permission to manage publishers’ copyrights by the Polish Minister of Culture on 10 March 2003. It is a non-governmental non-profit organization. COPYRIGHT POLSKA collects both reprographic and private copy levies. As a levy operator COPYRIGHT POLSKA divides the collected money among publishers according to its internal regulations on distribution. The distribution method is based on the statistical research and data from the National Library of Poland and from the publishers. Members of COPYRIGHT POLSKA include authors, publishers and (as supporting entities) other entities and persons involved in the Polish publishing sector, such as the Polish Chamber of Books, the Polish Society of Book Publishers, the Association of Press Publishers “Repropol” and the Chamber of Press Publishers. Since 2006 COPYRIGHT POLSKA has been an associate member of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO). Since 2014 COPYRIGHT POLSKA has been a member of the IFRRO European Development Committee. COPYRIGHT POLSKA is also responsible for public lending right distribution in Poland to authors and publishers.
Year of incorporation
Year of first distribution
Year of first collection
Total number of Board Members
Total number of Author Representatives
Total number of Publisher Representatives
Remarks about the Board
Total number of Author Representatives: 2; total number of Book Publisher Representatives: 2; total number of Newspaper and Magazine Publisher Representatives: 2

According to the revised articles of association of COPYRIGHT POLSKA the Board will be composed of 3 Board Members recommended by Authors and of 3 Board Members recommended by Publishers.
How are Board Members elected
by the General Assembly
Total Number of Member Associations
Total Publishers' Associations
Total Creators' (authors and visual artists) Associations
Remarks about the members
COPYRIGHT POLSKA as a collective management organization represents publishers of literary, scientific and journalistic works and encyclopedias. Members of COPYRIGHT POLSKA are individual authors and organizations representing their rights (117), book and press publishers and organizations representing their rights (31). As supporting entities of COPYRIGHT POLSKA act organizations as well as individuals involved in the Polish publishing and copyright sector (17).
Staff total number
Remarks about staff
12 FTE
1 January to 31 December
Type of National legislation
Civil Law
Licensing system
Equipment levy and Operator's fee
Other licensing system
Voluntary Licensing
Public Lending Rights
Outline of Distribution plan and methodology used
Statistical data and surveys
Distribution methods
Both title-specific distribution and non title-specific distribution
Statistical surveys
Objective availability
Possibility to be copied
% Author/Publisher Split
50%-50% reprography, 75%-25% public lending right
Text authors’ % share
50% reprography, 75% PLR (together with illustrators)
Publishers' % share
50% reprography, 25% PLR
Administration costs as a percentage
10.18% (2018)
Are deductions for cultural and/or social purposes made ?
Remarks about administrative and other costs
Max. 20% (max. 10% in the PLR scheme).
Apart from covering administrative costs COPYRIGHT POLSKA is allowed (on a basis of its general distribution rules) to keep from the whole sum of levies collected each year (the net value) an amount of 10% as a deduction for the purposes of copyright education.
New developments / legislation
The law on CMOs implementing the Directive 2014/26/EU on collective managment of copyright and related rights came in force on 19 July 2018. . In July 2019 the National Court Register registered the revised articles of association of COPYRIGHT POLSKA, adjusted to the requirements of the new law on CMOs. Within 6 months of the registration COPYRIGHT POLSKA has to hold election and adjust internal regulations (i.a. distribution rules) to the changed articles of association and to the requirements of the law on CMOs.

New developments / surveys and statistics
Direct payments to publishers constitute the foundation of the system of equipment and operator levies distribution maintained by COPYRIGHT POLSKA. The distribution system is based on: a) statistical research and b) the National Library of Poland legal deposit catalogue. Statistical research into copying and reproduction is carried out every year by MillwardBrown SMG/KRC and it supplies information on the share of specific categories of printed works in reprographic copying. In 2012 the scope of the research was expanded in order to gain information about new trends in copying in Poland (the use of other electronic devices, the electronic storage of copies, etc.). Since 2015 Copyright Polska receives number-of-copies-printed data directly from publishers because the National Library of Poland is no longer providing this data for the Polish market.
New developments / licensing
Copyright Polska is collecting mandates from individual rightholders.
Other new areas of development
An amendment of the Copyright Act, introducing i.e. Public Lending Right and a quasi-Extended Collective Licensing model in the collective management of out-of-commerce works and implementing the EU orphan works directive came into force in November 2015. According to the new provisions the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage has appointed - on the basis of a contest procedure - COPYRIGHT POLSKA as the CMO for operating the PLR in the period 2016-2020. Currently COPYRIGHT POLSKA is also striving to increase its involvement in the area of licensing. In 2014 COPYRIGHT POLSKA became a founding member of Stowarzyszenie Kreatywna Polska (Association "Creative Poland") – an alliance of people, organizations and institutions of Polish creative industries. In 2016 COPYRIGHT POLSKA became an associate member of The International Authors Forum (IAF).
Number of Bilateral agreements type A
Bilateral agreements type A with
Number of Bilateral agreements type B
Bilateral agreements type B with
PLN Poland
Total amount collected for all licensing
15 203 838.68
Total amount collected for reproduction licensing
11 225 838.68
Total amount collected nationally for reproduction licensing
11 205 060.69
Levies on equipment and other mediums
11 225 838.68
Total amount collected for PLR
3 978 000.00
Total amount received for licensing from other RROs world-wide
20 777.99
Total amount received for reproduction licensing from other RROs world-wide
20 777.99
Total amount distributed from all licensing
12 728 374.86
Total amount distributed to national rightsholders
12 728 374.86
Total amount distributed from PLR
3 623 479.57
Administration Charge (actual figure)
1 568 191.32
Other agreements with RROs
VG Wort, Kopinor, Copydan Writing, Yaybir, Stichting Reprorecht, ProLitteris