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Society of Authors, Composers and music publishers signs agreement with Netflix

MUMBAI: Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music has signed an agreement with Netflix, prior to the start of the subscription video on demand (SVOD) service in September in France.

This agreement ensures the remuneration of society members whose works will be included in audiovisual programmes available on Netflix. It demonstrates the ongoing ambition of the association to protect and defend the interests of its members and its ability to anticipate the arrival of new digital players on the market.

This agreement will ensure that the use of works from the authors of music, sketches, dubbing, subtitling, the composers, directors and publishers that it represents is duly authorised prior to the launch of the service in France, and that this agreement guarantees remuneration for all these creators.

Sacem CEO Jean-Noël Tronc said, “The signature of this agreement with Netflix before it starts in France strongly demonstrates Sacem’s commitment to be highly reactive and to provide the proper remuneration of the creators in the digital environment. Authors’ rights and collective rights management are more than ever efficient tools which give effective support to the continuously growing online offer of cultural contents by services such Netflix.”

Netflix VP, business and legal affairs Bryony Gagan said, “As the world’s leading Internet TV network, Netflix is a creative business and we respect and admire creators. That’s why we are pleased to have come to an agreement with Sacem in advance of our start in France.”