The compensation for private copying supports creative work
The compensation for private copying is paid to authors and performers of creative work. Remunerations are distributed to creators of audiovisual works, such as actors and directors.
Private copying compensation is also used for the common interests of authors, to promote film and television culture, for example. Since 1987, AVEK, a part of our organisation, has supported the production of Finnish documentaries, animations, short films and media art with the private copying funds. Together, we have distributed around €63 million of private copying funds to audiovisual authors and supported the making of approximately 2,500 films or other audiovisual productions.
Approximately 70 % of private copying compensation concerning the recording of audiovisual works is distributed via Kopiosto.
The private copying compensation scheme is based on law
According to Finnish legislation, producing copies for private use is allowed in Finland. To compensate for this private copying, the private copying compensation scheme was implemented in 1984.
The EU directive concerning copyright and related rights in the information society requires that the copyright owners of works are appropriately compensated for private copying. The EU member states can independently decide on the appropriate nature of compensation to the authors of creative work.