“The COVID-19 pandemic did not affect the remunerations collected by us. By working hard, we managed to keep the remunerations paid to creative industries at a normal level,” says Kopiosto’s CEO Valtteri Niiranen.
Kopiosto paid copyright remunerations to copyright holders both directly and through the organisations that represent them. A total of EUR 32.0 million were paid to the copyright holders of audiovisual works and EUR 20.4 million to the authors and publishers of publications. A total of EUR 2.1 million were paid to visual artists as public lending remunerations.
The remunerations are collected according to the copying and use licences for publications and works sold to educational institutions, public administration and companies. In addition, Kopiosto distributes a compensation for private copying to authors of audiovisual works from the appropriations based on the state budget and public lending remunerations to visual artists.
The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture AVEK, a part of Kopiosto, distributed a total of EUR 2.6 million to the Finnish AV culture and creative industries in 2021. AVEK’s funds are primarily based on compensations for private copying. AVEK also supports the creative industries with the DigiDemo and CreaDemo appropriations and the Mediarata special appropriation granted by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
EUR 32 million paid to the copyright holders of audiovisual works
In 2021, Kopiosto paid a total of EUR 32.0 million to the copyright holders of television and radio programmes. Remunerations were paid to about 10,000 authors and performers.
The personal remunerations paid to audiovisual authors included EUR 4.6 million for the online recording services of TV programmes, EUR 3.3. million for the educational recordings and educational use of Finnish TV programmes in Yle Areena, EUR 3.0 million as compensations for private copying and EUR 0.5 million for other use of TV and radio works.
A total of EUR 0.3 million were paid to Kopiosto’s member and sister organisations as remunerations for online recording services. Member organisations distribute the remunerations to serve the interests of the authors in their respective fields. The education fund KOURA was provided with EUR 0.9 million to be distributed as grants and awards to audiovisual authors.
Kopiosto transferred a total of EUR 3.0 million of remunerations collected from online recording services to Teosto and Gramex to be paid to the copyright holders of musical works. The share of remunerations transferred to APFI was EUR 8.2 million.
A total of EUR 2.4 million were paid to foreign broadcasting companies, producers and authors for the retransmission of foreign TV channels.
In addition, Kopiosto paid remunerations for online recordings to the authors and performers of foreign audiovisual works for the first time. A total of EUR 5.7 million were paid for programmes aired between 2015 and 2019. Of this amount, the share of Finnish authors and performers, mainly translators, was EUR 0.7 million.
EUR 20 million paid to the authors and publishers of publications
Kopiosto paid EUR 20.4 million to authors and publishers for the copying and use of books, newspapers, magazines and sheet music in 2021.
Kopiosto’s Finnish member organisations were paid EUR 18.6 million. 26 organisations from different cultural and communication industries received remunerations. Organisations that represent authors will re-distribute the majority of their compensations as grants. Publishing organisations distribute most of their remunerations to publishers as direct payments. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisations have supported the creative industries hit hard by the restrictions with a record sum of grants.
Kopiosto’s member organisations also use the copying remunerations paid to them to fund many awards for culture and communication industries. These include the Finlandia awards for literature, the Illustrator of the Year award, the Non-Fiction book of the Year award, the Warelius award, the J.A. Hollo award and the Non-Fiction Writer Award.
Kopiosto paid EUR 1.8 million of remunerations collected from the copying of foreign materials to foreign sister organisations.
EUR 2 million paid to visual artists as public lending remunerations
Kopiosto paid a total of EUR 2.1 million to visual artists as public lending remunerations in 2021. Kopiosto is responsible for the public lending remunerations paid to the authors of visual and photographic works for the public lending of their works.
For more information, please contact
Valtteri Niiranen, CEO, valtteri.niiranen (at) kopiosto.fi, +358 (0)40 024 5008
Sari Ahonen, Director, Copyright Holder Services, sari.ahonen (at) kopiosto.fi, +358 (0)40 526 7257