TV Broadcasting License

Details

According to the ORDA Decision no. 154/2012, the U.P.F.R is named the collector of the remuneration due to the producers of phonograms for the broadcasting by the television bodies of the phonograms.

For the direct or indirect use of registered music for TV broadcasting, the TV stations have the legal obligation to pay remuneration to the Union of Phonogram Producers in Romania, respectively to request and to obtain the non-exclusive license to broadcast phonograms/ videograms published with a commercial scope or their reproductions.

The users are bound to request the license before starting to broadcast.

The UPFR license is valid for 1 year with the possibility of automatic extension, under the conditions:

  • in which neither party sends a Termination Notice;
  • the payment of the remuneration provided by the Methodology in force.

CAREFUL!!!

  1. Art. 6 of the Methodology indicated above no longer applies, the remuneration being exclusively percentage in relation to the provisions of art. III paragraph 4 of Law no. 69/2022 for the amendment and completion of Law no. 8/1996 and of art. 164 para. 2 of Law no. 8/1996 Rep. regarding copyright and related rights.
  2. From April 4, 2022, the previous penalty from the Methodologies below no longer applies, but a penalty equal to the legal interest. The level of the delay penalty provided by the methodologies was modified by art. 165 para. 91 of Law no. 8/1996 on copyright and related rights, amended by Law no. 69/2022, in force from 04.04.2022.

Also, the UPFR mentions that all authorizations in force after April 4, 2022 will have the articles regarding the minimums repealed, the remuneration being exclusively percentage in relation to the provisions of art. III paragraph 4 of Law no. 69/2022 for the amendment and completion of Law no. 8/1996 and of art. 164 para. 2 of Law no. 8/1996 Rep. regarding copyright and related rights.

To use the music within the law, you must have licenses both from the collective societies representing the interests of composers, and from the collective management organizations representing the interests of Performing Artists, according to the regulations of the Law 8/1996 and the Romanian Copyright Office.

Attention:

For online broadcasting services (through computer networks or the Internet) you must obtain another license: Non-exclusive license for the making available phonograms through the Internet, from the Internet license category (click here).

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The amount of remuneration for obtaining the TV license

The amount of the remuneration for the television station is determined according to the Methodology in force, published by ORDA

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Procedure for obtaining the TV license

Fill out the Request for license (download the Form). Send the signed and stamped request , a copy of the

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Specific regulations for TV broadcast

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