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Submitted by admin on Thu, 07/08/2010 - 10:30
Hietaniemenkatu 2
+358 9 431 521
Key representative
Valtteri Niiranen
+358 9 4315 2300
Key representative
Jukka-Pekka Timonen
Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs
+358 9 4315 2321
History of the organisation
Kopiosto was founded in 1978 due to the rapid spread of photocopying in 1970s. At that time, it was always necessary to ask for separate consent from both author and publisher.

This complicated procedure resulted in a high level of illicit copying and copyright organizations from various fields established Kopiosto to safeguard the rights of their members.

From the very beginning it was also foreseen that the recording of radio and television programmes would become common in educational establishments and that cassette service would proliferate.

Kopiosto is now a comprehensive organization. Through the Finnish Copyright Act Kopiosto licenses the mass use of works. The legal term for this type of arrangement is an extended collective license.
Year of incorporation
Year of first distribution
Year of first collection
Total number of Board Members
How are Board Members elected
The Board of Directors is elected at the Annual meeting.
Remarks about the Board
The Chair: Heikki Jokinen
Total Number of Member Associations
Total Publishers' Associations
Total Creators' (authors and visual artists) Associations
Total Rights holders represented
50 000
Remarks about the members
Authors, photographers, performing artists and publishers operating widely in the fields of culture and communications and represent literature, the press, music, pictures and moving image, among others.

Author organisations:

Akava – Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland
Animation Clinic – Finnish Animation Association
Association for Local Papers Editors-in-Chief
Central Association of Finnish Photographic Organizations, Finnfoto
Finnish Association of Directors of Photography in Television
Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists
Finnish Composers’ Copyright Society Teosto
Finnish Music Creators FMC
Finnish Musicians’ Union
Finnish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild
Finnish Society of Cinematographers
Forum Artis, The Joint Organization for Associations of Finnish Artists
Freelance Media Workers' Association
Grafia − Association of Visual Communication Designers in Finland
GRAMEX, Copyright Society of Performing Artists and Phonogram Producers in Finland
Society of Swedish Authors in Finland (SFS)
The Artists’ Association of Finland
The Association of Finnish Film Directors (SELO)
The Association of Finnish Illustrators
The Association of Finnish Radio- and TV Commentators
The Finnish Association of Magazine Editors-in-Chief
The Finnish Association of Non-fiction Writers
The Finnish Association of Translators and Interpreters (SKTL)
The Finnish Comics Professionals
The Finnish Critics’ Association
The Finnish Union of authors writing for children, youngsters and young adults
The Guild of Finnish Editors
The Society of Finnish Composers
The Swedish speaking Actors Union of Finland (FSS)
The Union of Finnish Writers
The Union of Journalists in Finland (UJF)
Theatre, Film and Television Designers
Trade Union for Theatre and Media Finland
Union of Dance and Circus Artists Finland
Union of Film and Media Employees Finland
Union of Finnish Actors
Union of Finnish Radio and TV Journalists
Union of Theatre Directors and Dramaturgs Finland
Visual Artists' Copyright Society KUVASTO

Publishing organisations:

Finnish Association for Scholarly Publishing
Finnish Association of Technical Publishers
Finnish Periodical Publishers’ Association (FPPA)
The Finnish Book Publishers’ Association
The Finnish Music Publishers’ Association (FMPA)
The Finnish Newspapers Association
Staff total number
January 1 - December 31
Type of National legislation
Civil Law
Licensing system
Extended Collective Licence
Mandating Rights Holders
Individual mandates from near 50 000 right holders.
REPROGRAPHIC LICENCES - Types of works licensed
All types of published material.
Types of uses licensed
Educational, research and internal uses.
Types of institutions/sectors licensed
All types of schools and universities, state and municipal administration, churches, private and public enterprises and organisations etc.
DIGITAL LICENCES - Types of works licensed
All types of copyright protected material, excluding audio- and audio visual works and computer software or games.
Types of uses licensed
Educational and research uses. Business sector: scanning and digital copying for internal use. Making digital copies and transferring the copies in libraries, archives and museums for educational, research and other uses.
Types of institutions/sectors licensed
All types of schools and universities, private and public enterprises. Finnish national library, archives, museums and other organisations.
OTHER LICENCES - Public Lending Rights
Other areas of licensing
Public Lending Rights, ONLY on behalf of visual artists and photographers. Elektra-document delivery from the database of Finnish scientific articles via controlled copyright system licensed by Kopiosto through direct mandates from authors and publishers.
Text and data mining: Kopiosto has a licensing agreement with FIN-CLARIN, which is an infrastructure for language resources and enables for instance text and data mining. Licensed by Kopiosto under the Extended Collective License.
In addition Kopiosto licenses retransmission of broadcasts and recording of domestic radio and television programmes and distributes revenues from blank tape levies.
Distribution methods
Non title-specific distribution
Statistical surveys
% Author/Publisher Split
Text authors’ % share
Publishers' % share
Visual material authors’ % share
Administration costs as a percentage
Are deductions for cultural and/or social purposes made?
Number of Bilateral agreements type A
Bilateral agreements type A with
ACCESS (Canada); BONUS ACCESS COPYRIGHT (Sweden); CAL (Australia); CCC (US); CEDRO (Spain); CFC (France); CLA (UK); COPY-DAN (Denmark); KOPINOR (Norway); NLA (UK); REPROBEL (Belgium); VG Musikedition (Germany); KOPINOR (Norway); VG Wort (Germany)
Number of Bilateral agreements type B
Bilateral agreements type B with
CADRA (Argentina); CopyRus (Russia); Fjölís (Iceland); HARR (Hungary); HKRRLS (Hong Kong); JAMCOPY (Jamaica); KOPIPOL (Poland); Litterar-Mechana (Austria); MASA (Mauritius); Pro Litteris (Switzerland); TTRRO (Trinidad and Tobago)
Total amount collected for all licensing
54 100 000.00
Total amount collected for reproduction licensing
21 800 000.00
Total amount collected nationally for reproduction licensing
21 600 000.00
Amount for schools
10 300 000.00
Amount for further education
1 000 000.00
Amount for higher education
3 900 000.00
Amount for government
3 800 000.00
Amount for business
2 700 000.00
Amount for other sector(s)
100 000.00
Levies on equipment and other mediums
Total amount collected for PLR
1 600 000.00
Total amount received for licensing from other RROs world-wide
200 000.00
Total amount received for reproduction licensing from other RROs world-wide
200 000.00
Total amount distributed from reproduction licensing
21 900 000.00
Total amount distributed to national rightsholders
31 400 000.00
Total amount distributed to national rightsholders from reproduction licensing
20 600 000.00
1. Of which for visual works, to publishers only
2 900 000.00
to publishers and visual creator organisations
5 800 000.00
to visual creators organisations
2 900 000.00
to collecting societies only
to individual artists only
Total Amount distributed to foreign RROs
1 300 000.00
Total amount distributed from PLR
1 400 000.00
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