What is the copyright limit and how does it work?

The copyright limit is the minimum limit for processing ownership information. This limit is set at €50 because research shows that this is the best cost-benefit ratio. This means that a maximum number of musical works can be distributed at a reasonable cost.

The copyright limit is based on the total value of music use within one of the following three categories: Buma, Stemra or Online. We always assess this over a three-year period.

Does a musical work in the Online category generate €50 or more? If so, the available ownership information is processed, and payment is distributed for the musical work. Once the copyright details are completed, any future use of this work will always be paid. Even if the amount in any of the three categories listed is less than €50.