Collective management organizations in Estonia
Estonian Authors’ Society (Eesti Autorite Ühing)
The Estonian Authors’ Society (EAÜ) is a non-profit public organization established on the 8th of October 1991. Although the founders of EAÜ were authors of various creative fields, the main members of EAÜ are currently composers, authors of lyrics, authors of works of visual art and music publishers. The members of the society will enter into an agreement with EAÜ, by which they transfer the exercise of their proprietary rights to the society.
According to these agreements, EAÜ has the right to represent authors of music works and music publishers in the following areas:
- public performance of works in a live or technically mediated performance;
- transmission or retransmission of works by radio, television, cable, satellite and other technical means;
- making works available to the public in such ways that persons can use the works at a place and time chosen by them (including via internet);
- reproduction and distribution of works on audio and video media, film and similar media or equipment. The right to reproduce musical works is exercised in EAÜ in cooperation with Nordisk Copyright Bureau.
The authors of works of visual art are mainly represented by EAÜ in the case of reproduction, transmission, retransmission and resale of their works.
In addition to its members, EAÜ also has the right to represent music authors, authors of works of art and music publishers from other countries on the basis of reciprocal representation agreements concluded with organizations representing foreign authors.
According to the cooperation agreement between EAÜ and the Estonian Association of Audiovisual Authors (EAAL), EAÜ also has the right to represent authors of audiovisual works who are members of EAAL. EAÜ also represents foreign authors of audiovisual works who belong to foreign associations with which EAAL has an agreement.
Users of works will have the right to use all works of authors represented by EAÜ on the basis of an agreement concluded with EAÜ. EAÜ acts as an intermediary between authors and users of works. This is a simple and convenient method that has been used for many years.
Estonian Performers Association (Eesti Esitajate Liit)
The Estonian Performers Association (EEL) is a collective management organization representing both Estonian and foreign performers in the Republic of Estonia. The main task is to exercise the proprietary rights of the performers of the work, i.e. to collect the remuneration available for the use of the performance (including the use for personal needs) and to pay it to the performers.
Estonian Association of the Phonogram Producers (Eesti Fonogrammitootjate Ühing)
The Estonian Association of the Phonogram Producers (EFÜ) is a collective management organization of phonogram producers in Estonia. EFÜ was established on the 9th of March 1998. EFÜ’s main task is to represent local and international phonogram producers and serve the legal interests of phonogram producers (i.e. collecting remunerations under the Copyright Act and distributing the remunerations among producers).
EFÜ acts as an intermediary between music users and producers, helping music users to easily and conveniently pay the remuneration required by the Copyright Act to music producers for using their creations.
EFÜ collaborates with international organizations and with International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).
Estonian Association of Audiovisual Authors (Eesti Audiovisuaalautorite Liit)
The Estonian Association of Audiovisual Authors (EAAL) is a collective management organization of authors of audiovisual works (directors, screenwriters, operators, artists). The main task is to organize the collection of remuneration for audiovisual works and its distribution to authors. EAAL works closely with the Estonian Authors’ Society.
Estonian Actors’ Association (Eesti Näitlejate Liit)
The Estonian Actors’ Association is an independent voluntary association of professional actors of Estonia, the aim of which is to preserve, protect, develop and value Estonian actors and their creations. The Estonian Actors’ Association collectively exercises the copyright rights of its members.
Estonian Writer’s Union (Eesti Kirjanike Liit)
The Estonian Writer’s Union is a professional association of Estonian writers, literary critics and translators.
Estonian Filmmakers Association (Eesti Kinoliit)
The Estonian Cinema Association is an association for professional filmmakers and it operates with the aim of promoting Estonian cinema, preserving and developing professional filmmaking and developing general film culture.
Estonian Artists’ Association (Eesti Kunstnike Liit)
The Estonian Artists’ Association promotes and protects the professional, social and economic interests of its members.
Estonian Composers Union (Eesti Heliloojate Liit)
The Estonian Composers Union is a creative union that brings together Estonian professional composers and musicologists. The union aims for free development and distribution of Estonian music and musicology, protecting creative freedom and union’s members interests.
Estonian Association of Architects (Eesti Arhitektide Liit)
The Estonian Association of Architects is a legal successor of Estonian Association of Architects established on the 8th of October 1921. On June 27th, 1989 an independent Union of Estonian Architects was reestablished.
Estonian Graphic Designers Association (Eesti Kujundusgraafikute Liit)
The Estonian Graphic Designers Association (EKGL) is a politically independent creative association uniting professional graphic designers. EKGL acts on public interest, consulting and coordinating the graphic designers’ activities and graphic programs. The aim is to promote creativity, support and encourage creative activities of its members and value the social status of artists and protect professional, economic and intellectual property, copyright interests and creative freedom.
Estonian Ballet Union (Eesti Balletiliit)
The Estonian Ballet Union is an artistic association promoting the art of dance and, first and foremost, the art of ballet. Our members include current and former ballet dancers, teachers, coaches, and choreographers. By supporting their creative activities, we contribute to the culture of dance in Estonia and in the entire world.
Estonian Association of Designers (Eesti Disainerite liit)
The Estonian Association of Designers is an association uniting and representing designers, the aim of which is to stand for Estonian design.
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Copyright Compensation Fund (Autorihüvitusfond)
The Copyright Compensation Fund was established in January 2004 by the Estonian Writer’s Union, The Estonian Publishers’ Association and Estonian Graphic Designers Association. The purpose of the fund is to compensate authors and copyright holders for the lending and reprographic reproduction of works from public libraries. The fee is paid in accordance with the Copyright Act and legislation.
Estonian Organization for Copyright Protection (Eesti Autoriõiguste Kaitse Organisatsioon)
The Estonian Organization for Copyright Protection protects the rights and interests of film and music authors and producers in Estonia. The members of the organization are local music collective management organizations, film producers and distributors. We also have a long-term cooperation with Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd in protecting their rights in Estonia.
Estonian Theatre Agency (Eesti Teatri Agentuur)
The Estonian Theater Agency (ETA) mediates the copyright of plays played in public. ETA advises theaters, project managers/directors as well as authors and translators on copyright. You can also ask for advice on choice of a dramaturgy. ETA has a library of plays, which includes original Estonian heritage, plays in foreign languages, translations and dramatizations. One of the aims of ETA has been to create a comprehensive database of plays, which also includes references to texts that are not situated in ETA but are available in other theater-related institutions or private collections. The agency also provides information on authors and theaters from different countries. Anyone can borrow texts from the library. ETA’s priority is to encourage the creation of original texts.
Last updated: 17.02.2023