I create commissioned music. Do I need to cancel my agreement with BumaStemra?
No, you don’t have to cancel your agreement. As a member of BumaStemra, however, you are obliged to include a ‘derogation clause’. This is an additional provision in your contract, stating that you keep your copyright. Are you a paid music creator working for a permanent employer? Then check what your employment contract says. This additional provision may already be in there!
This provision allows BumaStemra to claim your copyright. Because if you have an agreement with BumaStemra, we protect the usage rights of your musical works (including works you create in the future).