We distribute remuneration for the secondary use of audiovisual works, which includes reproduction of such works at home and in educational institutions. Remuneration can be received by audiovisual authors, such as screenwriters, directors, editors, set designers, costume designers, cinematographers, illustrators, actors, commentators, translators and sound designers for works broadcast on free-to-air channels.
Remunerations for audiovisual works communicated to the public outside Finland
Finnish audiovisual authors can also receive remuneration via Kopiosto for audiovisual works presented outside Finland. According to agreements with foreign copyright organisations, we also collect and distribute remunerations for authors outside Finland.
Reporting author details and audiovisual work data to Kopiosto
Finnish production companies provide us directly with the names of the people involved in the production of an audiovisual work. The details of the translators of foreign works are primarily provided by translation agencies.
We can only pay remuneration to authors who have provided us with their current
- personal data
- banking details
- taxation details
- copyright agreement or claim for payment
The distribution of remuneration requires that you have entered a valid AV authors’ copyright agreement or submitted a valid claim for payment. Both copyright agreement and claims for payment can be entered and submitted in the audiovisual authors’ extranet. We will distribute remuneration automatically to your bank account if you enter a copyright agreement. A claim for payment can only be submitted if there are unpaid accumulated remuneration.
You can update the information required to distribute the remuneration on the audiovisual authors’ extranet service. Use your online banking credentials to log in to the service. If you do not have access to online banking credentials, please contact the Kopiosto distribution team. Contact details can be found at the bottom of the page.
Taxation of copyright remuneration
Copyright remuneration are liable to taxation. Accepted tax cards include tax cards for secondary employment, freelancers, remuneration for usage as well as withholding tax reports.
Before a remuneration is paid to you for the first time, you must provide us with a copy of your tax card for secondary employment, freelancer tax card or tax card for remuneration for usage by email or mail. We will receive most authors’ withholding tax rates directly from the tax administration after this. Pensioners and minors must submit their tax cards every year.
Report any changes in your taxation details by submitting an updated tax card to us. If we are unaware of your withholding tax rate, the default rate of 60 % is applied. We cannot make any adjustments to the withholding tax afterwards.
If you are a permanent resident of a foreign country under restricted tax liability, you must submit a withholding tax report to us. In the event that your restricted tax liability ends, you must submit a valid tax card for secondary employment, freelancer tax card or tax card for remuneration for usage to us. The withholding tax report can be found in the section “Forms” at the bottom of the page.
You can check your valid taxation rate at the audiovisual authors’ extranet service. The tax administration does not require a separate notice of paid copyright remuneration.
Payment of remuneration to heirs
In the event of an author’s death, we will continue to pay remuneration to their heirs. The death of the author must be reported to us for us to be able to pay remunerations to the heirs. We will provide the heirs with the necessary forms and further instructions. You can submit the report by email or calling us. Contact information can be found at the bottom of the page. Printable forms for heirs can be found in the section “Forms” at the bottom of the page.
We pay remunerations for audiovisual works annually. The remuneration paid to an author varies annually, and the distribution is always based on the presented works’ usage information in the past year.
Most of our remunerations are paid to authors in September. The exact dates of payment are also announced in early autumn on Facebook, in the audiovisual authors’ extranet service and on Kopiosto’s website.
We pay remuneration to audiovisual authors once per month. We retain unpaid accumulated remunerations to authors for three years.
You can browse work-specific paid remuneration on the distribution statement in the audiovisual authors’ extranet service. It is important that you check the details of the statement. Any possible complaints can be corrected later.
Remunerations are not paid for commercials, information flashes, news flashes, chat programmes and programme advertisements.