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Association of Authors and Publishers

Submitted by admin on Mon, 07/12/2010 - 17:19
COPYRIGHT POLSKA, Association of Authors and Publishers
Krupnicza 12/6
+48 (12) 4293929
+48 (12) 4293938
Chief Executive Name
Barbara Jóźwiak
Chief Executive Title
Chairman of the Board
Key representative
Zbigniew Czerwiński
Vice Chairman
Key representative
Janusz Kobyliński
Vice Chairman
History of the organisation
COPYRIGHT POLSKA is a collective management organisation granted permission to manage publishers’ copyrights by the Polish Minister of Culture on 10 March 2003. It is a non-governmental non-profit organization. COPYRIGHT POLSKA collects both reprographic and private copy levies. As a levy operator COPYRIGHT POLSKA divides the collected money among publishers according to its internal regulations on distribution. The distribution method is based on the statistical research and data from the National Library of Poland and from the publishers. Members of COPYRIGHT POLSKA include authors, publishers and (as supporting entities) other entities and persons involved in the Polish publishing sector, such as the Polish Chamber of Books, the Polish Society of Book Publishers, the Association of Press Publishers “Repropol” and the Chamber of Press Publishers. Since 2006 COPYRIGHT POLSKA has been an associate member of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO). Since 2014 COPYRIGHT POLSKA has been a member of the IFRRO European Development Committee. In 2014 COPYRIGHT POLSKA became a founding member of Stowarzyszenie Kreatywna Polska (Association "Creative Poland") – an alliance of people, organizations and institutions of Polish creative industries. In 2016 COPYRIGHT POLSKA became an associate member of The International Authors Forum (IAF). COPYRIGHT POLSKA since 2016 has been also responsible for public lending right distribution in Poland to authors and publishers.
Year of incorporation
Year of first distribution
Year of first collection
Total number of Board Members
How are Board Members elected
by the General Assembly
Total number of Author Representatives
Total number of Publisher Representatives
Remarks about the Board
Total number of Author Representatives: 3; total number of Publisher Representatives: 3
Total Number of Member Associations
Total Publishers' Associations
Total Creators' (authors and visual artists) Associations
Remarks about the members
COPYRIGHT POLSKA as a collective management organization represents publishers of literary, scientific and journalistic works and encyclopedias. Members of COPYRIGHT POLSKA are individual authors and organizations representing their rights (129), book and press publishers and organizations representing their rights (54). As supporting entities of COPYRIGHT POLSKA act organizations as well as individuals involved in the Polish publishing and copyright sector (14).
Staff total number
Remarks about staff
12 FTE
1 January to 31 December
Type of National legislation
Civil Law
Licensing system
Equipment levy and Operator's fee
Other licensing system
Voluntary Licensing
OTHER LICENCES - Public Lending Rights
Outline of Distribution plan and methodology used
Statistical data and surveys, as well as data collected directly form publishers
Distribution methods
Both title-specific distribution and non title-specific distribution
Statistical surveys
Objective availability
Possibility to be copied
% Author/Publisher Split
50%-50% reprography, 75%-25% public lending right
Text authors’ % share
50% reprography, 75% PLR (together with illustrators)
Publishers' % share
50% reprography, 25% PLR
Administration costs as a percentage
14.44% (2020)
Are deductions for cultural and/or social purposes made?
Remarks about administrative and other costs
Max. 25% (max. 10% in the PLR scheme).
Apart from covering administrative costs COPYRIGHT POLSKA is allowed (on a basis of its general distribution rules) to keep from the whole sum of levies collected each year (the net value) an amount of 10% as a deduction for cultural and educational purposes.
New developments / legislation
The law on CMOs implementing the Directive 2014/26/EU on collective managment of copyright and related rights came in force on 19 July 2018. In July 2019 the National Court Register registered the revised articles of association of COPYRIGHT POLSKA, adjusted to the requirements of the new law on CMOs. In December 2019 COPYRIGHT POLSKA held election of Board and Audit Committee Members and adjusted internal regulations (i.a. distribution rules) to the changed articles of association and to the requirements of the law on CMOs.

New developments / surveys and statistics
Direct payments to publishers constitute the foundation of the system of equipment and operator levies distribution maintained by COPYRIGHT POLSKA. The distribution system is based on: a) statistical research, b) the National Library of Poland legal deposit catalogue and c) data collected by COPYRIGHT POLSKA directly from publishers. Statistical research into copying and reproduction is carried out by MillwardBrown SMG/KRC and it supplies information on the share of specific categories of printed works in reprographic copying. In 2020 the method of research was changed and the scope of the research was expanded in order to gain information about new trends in copying in Poland (the use of other electronic devices, the electronic storage of copies, the use of cloud, place of copying etc.). Since 2015 Copyright Polska has received number-of-copies-printed data directly from publishers and in 2021 this data has been expanded to data on rights as well as on commercial status of titles (in/out of commerce).
New developments / licensing
Copyright Polska is successfully collecting mandates from individual rightholders.
Other new areas of development
The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage has appointed - on the basis of a contest procedure - COPYRIGHT POLSKA as the CMO for operating the PLR in the period 2016-2020 and 2020-2025.
Number of Bilateral agreements type A
Bilateral agreements type A with
Number of Bilateral agreements type B
Bilateral agreements type B with
Other agreements with RROs
VG Wort, Kopinor, Copydan Writing, Yaybir, Stichting Reprorecht, ProLitteris
Total amount collected for all licensing
15 105 906.01
Total amount collected for reproduction licensing
10 934 906.01
Total amount collected nationally for reproduction licensing
10 827 828.59
Levies on equipment and other mediums
10 934 906.01
Total amount collected for PLR
4 171 000.00
Total amount received for licensing from other RROs world-wide
107 077.42
Total amount received for reproduction licensing from other RROs world-wide
107 077.42
Total amount distributed from all licensing
13 390 226.40
Total amount distributed to national rightsholders
12 996 832.77
Total Amount distributed to foreign RROs
393 393.63
Total amount distributed from PLR
3 748 143.20
Administration Charge (actual figure)
2 149 322.94
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