When a licence is necessary
A work created by any author may be turned into a marketing instrument for a business, a tool that attracts clients and helps the enterprise to generate revenue.
Since the works created by authors are among the elements that ensure success and effectiveness of a business, the authors, too, are entitled to receive royalties for their input, and the work users have a duty to compensate the authors for that. Each author’s work is a result of someone’s efforts; in the case of music it is even an effort of a creative group, where a composer creates a melody, a poet sets up the lyrics for the song, and an arranger gives the song a special new sound.
A license is necessary at any public venues, for example:
- businesses selling meals,
- various events,
A license is necessary if you wish to do the following in public:
- play musical works;
- demonstrate films;
- demonstrate works of visual art;
- organize literary recitals;
- organize choreographic performances.
In case you choose to use recorded music in order to play authors’ works (radio, TV, CD etc.), it is not only necessary to receive a license from the authors’ society AKKA/LAA, but it is also compulsory to make an agreement with the Latvian Performers and Producers Association (LaIPA). AKKA/LAA manages the rights for authors’ works, while LaIPA represents the rights of performers and phonogram producers.
The Copyright Act stipulates: the license shall be obtained prior to work use. It is prohibited to use works without permission.
In case of queries please contact AKKA/LAA via e-mail email@example.com.
- Musical works – (+371) 67506422 or 29191372
- Films – (+371) 67506424 or 28361348
- Dramatic, musical dramatic, choreographic and literary works – (+371) 67506132 or 22006650
- Paintings, photographs and other works of visual art – (+371) 67506133 or 26395939