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Remuneration for Private Copy

The private copy is a compensatory remuneration established by Law no. 8/ 1996 and the levy is to be paid by the economic agents that manufacture or bring on Romania s territory:

  • – Storage Media permitting analogical or digital sound and audiovisual recordings
  • – Devices for making analogical or digital copies.
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As of 2009,acording to ORDA Decision 86/2009, UPFR has been appointed by ORDA as the sole collecting society for private copying for audiovisual works. The Union of Phonogram Producers in Romania annually distributes the amounts collected from private copying to the other societies entitled to benefit of this right (UPFAR-ARGOA, Dacin Sara, Credidam, UCMR-ADA, ADPFR, ARDAA, UNART, UPVR, ARAIEX, SOPFIA ).

As of 2005, the list of devices and storage media, respectively the value of the compensating remuneration for the private copy, has been updated. The Methodology established through ORDA  Decision No. 61/ 2009, published in the Official Gazette no. 316/ 13.05.2009, is presently applied. For the previous years, the provisions in force at the respective date are applied.

Private copying does not require appliance for license. The payment of the levy can be done based on a protocol signed with UPFR, but signing a protocol is optional due the fact that the levy for private copying is a legal obligation.

Read APTEDIC Protocol No. 170/2015 (Asociaţia Producătorilor şi Distribuitorilor de Echipamente de Tehnologia Informaţiei şi Comunicaţiilor)

General legal system

Law No. 8/ 1996 (Copyright Law and Copyright Related Rights), amended and suplemented by Law No. 69/2022.

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Specific regulations for private copying:

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Register with the Romanian Copyright Office (ORDA) in the National Register of the Private Copy

According to art. Art. 114 par. 3 of the Law no. 8/1996, with the subsequent modifications and completions: Importers and manufacturers of supports and appliances, stipulated in art. 36 par. (2) shall be obliged to register with the Romanian Copyright Office in the National Register of the Private Copy and may carry out the respective import or production activities only after obtaining the registration certificate from the Romanian Copyright Office. This certificate is issued by the Romanian Copyright Office on the basis of the evidence of the legally registered object of activity and of the Single Registration Certificate with the Trade Register, within 5 days of their submission.

As of May 16th, 2009 (download Model 3 list):

Televisions and digital videocassette recorders with HDD or incorporated storing media, audio/video players with storing media, MP3 players, MP4 players, IPOD media player that accepts the following formats: IMOD and any other version subsequently developed, tablets without 3G

Minidisk recorder

CD recorder, HI FI equipment that works independently

DVD recorder, HI FI equipment that works independently

CD writer incorporated in a computer

DVD writer incorporated in a computer

External Hard drive, including with audio video entry and/or exit port, regardless of its brand

Hard disk incorporated in a computer

Memory sticks

Phones with sound or audiovisual reproduction capability, respectively MP3, MP4, AAC, WMA, WAV, Real etc. (e.g.: Iphone), with the ability to store more than 64 Mb, Tablets with 3G

Memory cards (other than those for phones)

Blu-ray Disc


Audio tapes


VHS, Super VHS tapes (except tapes for mobile video cameras, such as D-VHS, HD video tapes)

Memory cards for phones

For the type of devices and storage media within the scope of private copying in the previous years, consult the Methodology available during 2005-2009 for Private Copy or tables Model 1 and Model 2.

1. Fill out the Private copy contributor Form

2. Send the Private copy contributor Form together with a copy for the Registration certificate at the Trade Register Office to UPFR, Private Copying Department, 6E Dimitrie Pompeiu Bvd., Bucharest, in the attention of the Department Consultant.

3. Fill out and send the monthly report (Model 3 valid as of 16.05.2009) signed and stamped, to the Private copying Department Consultant, before the 10th of the next month, through postal services, fax or email.

4. The Consultant checks the data declared into the monthly report, being authorized to ask for the documents used for compilation.

5. You will receive the Invoice issued based on the monthly Private copying report and sent by e-mail/fast delivery services.

6. Pay the levy specified on the Invoice. The payment can be performed in the UPFR account – IBAN RO65RNCB0070153249250002, opened at BCR Pipera. The payment shall be met by the 15th of the following month for which is due. If this date is exceeded, delay penalties shall be calculated (Art. 5 and 7 from the Protocol of 05.05.2005 published in the Official Gazette no. 516 of 17.06.2005 and the Protocol of 10.05.2009 published in the Official Gazette No. 316 of 13.05.2009).


The compensating remuneration for private copying is applied as of June 2005 until present, with regard to devices and storage media specified in the ORDA Decision no. 107/2005 and ORDA Decision no. 61/2009. This fact implies the retroactive reporting and payment starting with the commencing date of the activity that falls within the scope of private copying, if you did not fulfil this legal obligation at the respective time.


Your legal obligations

  • Report to UPFR on a monthly basis the manufacturing/importing activity of devices and media storage on Romania’s territory, that fall under the scope of private copying, until the 10th of the following month.
  • Offer to UPFR the documents based on which the monthly report was compiled, if requested.
  • Pay the remuneration specified in the monthly invoice until the 15th of the following month for which is due

If you are covered by this legal provision, you are required to pay to UPFR the compensatory remuneration for all appliances and supports manufactured or introduced in Romania from June 2005 to date, which are nominated in the lists published in the ORDA Decision no. 107/2005, Law No. 329/2006 and the ORDA Decision no. 61/2009 completed by APDETIC Protocol No. 170/2015.

UPFR calculates your pay according to methodology in effect and your statement.

The remuneration is calculated by applying the specific percentage to CIF (acquisition value of the appliance / support before any customs tariff is applied, if applicable). The percentages applied vary between 0.5 and 3%, depending on the type of device / support (for the period 2005-2009, the percentages differ, for some devices / media, over 3%).

To view the percentages applied for each device / support, download the tables:

  • Model 1 (valid for appliances / media produced or introduced in Romania between June 2005 and July 2006)
  • Model 2 (valid for appliances / media produced or introduced in Romania between August 2006 – 15 May 2009)
  • Model 3 valid for appliances / media produced or introduced in Romania from 16 May 2009 until present)

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Ce este BMAT Vericast?

BMAT este companie de renume specializată în servicii de monitorizare a muzicii difuzate de posturile radio și TV (și nu numai, inclusiv alte servicii unde muzica este utilizată în domeniul ambiental), acoperind atât cataloage naționale, cât și internaționale.

Conform deciziei AGA nr. 9114/23.06 2021, incepand cu 01.07.2021, UPFR utilizeaza rapoartele de monitorizare BMAT in distributia remuneratiilor colectate. In acest caz este important ca repertoriul dumneavoastra sa fie amprentat in baza de date BMAT.

Pe de o parte, procesul de amprentare este unul gratuit ce presupune un efort minim din partea dumneavoastra, pe de alta parte de el depinde gradul de identificare al repertoriului dumneavoastra cat si banii distribuiti de UPFR, in perioada urmatoare, in baza acestui repertoriu.

Rapoartele de monitorizare pentru aceste canale vor fi incarcate in sistemul de distributie, iar datele din aceste rapoarte vor fi comparate cu baza de date Repertoriu din gestiunea UPFR.

Astfel, pentru a avea o identificare cat mai buna a fonogramelor, va rugam sa amprentati  in baza de date BMAT fonogramele ale caror drepturi le detineti.

Pentru realizarea procesului de amprentare, BMAT ofera mai multe solutii, diferentiate in functie de categoriile si numarul de fonograme, solutii enumerate mai jos:

  • - Amprentare prin Vericast Upload (gratuit, pentru toti producatorii)
  • - Amprentare prin FTP (doar pentru producatorii care detin un abonament Vericast)*

*Amprentarea prin FTP este recomandata pentru producatorii care detin cataloage mari si se poate efectua si prin intermediul UPFR (gratuit) sub conditia ca fiecare producator sa puna la dispozitia UPFR fisierele audio si fisierul excel completat cu metadatele corespunzatoare.

Vezi beneficiile utilizarii serviciilor platite Vericast BMAT (click aici).

Amprentarea se realizeaza in conturi distincte, in functie de tipul fonogramei amprentate (fonograma de comert sau fonograma publicata in scop comercial/librarie muzicala).

Daca detineti ambele tipuri de conturi, autentificati-va cu contul specific, in functie de tipul fonogramelor pe care doriti sa le amprentati.

In cazul in care nu mai cunoasteti datele de conectare va rugam sa ne contactati prin email.

Proceduri de amprentare prin Vericast Upload:

Pentru nelamuriri legate de procesul de amprentare va rugam sa ne contactati prin email la adresa mihai.lungu@upfr.ro sau telefonic la numarul 0731.000.432.

UPFR monitorizeaza principalele posturi Radio si TV din Romania. Lista posturilor monitorizate de UPFR poate fi consultata AICI!

Daca nu ai un cont de amprentare creat, te rugam sa soliciti crearea unui cont prin completarea formularului de mai jos:

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In perioada 01.06.2023 – 05.06.2023, activitatea UPFR se va desfasura dupa urmatorul program:

  • – Joi, 1 iunie, inchis
  • – Vineri, 2 iunie, doar online
  • – Luni, 5 iunie, inchis


Incepand de Marti, 6 iunie se revine la programul normal.

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