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Société des Editeurs et Auteurs de Musique

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SEAM, Société des Editeurs et Auteurs de Musique
31, rue de Chateaudun
+33 1 42 96 76 46
Chief Executive Name
Pierre Lemoine
Chief Executive Title
Président -Gérant
Key representative
Philippine Girard-Leduc
Directrice Générale
History of the organisation
SEAM (SEM before 1994) was created in December 1988 by the Chambre Syndicale des Editeurs de Musique de France (CEMF) and the first licences were issued in 1990. In 1994, SEM became SEAM and was agreed by the Ministry of Culture in April 1996. This agreement was renewed in July 2001, in August 2006, August 2011 and August 2016.
SEAM is also the French agency or ISMN (International Standard Music number) since January 1995. ISMN is the equivalent of ISBN for music.
Year of incorporation
Year of first distribution
Year of first collection
Total number of Board Members
How are Board Members elected
11 Board members are statutories members and 7 are elected every 3 years.
Total number of Author Representatives
Total number of Publisher Representatives
Total Number of Member Associations
Total Publishers' Associations
Total Creators' (authors and visual artists) Associations
Remarks about the members
SEAM gathers together all the French music authors and publishers concerned by reprography (classical music, jazz, light music, liturgical and military music). SEAM represents all French music publishers plus3 author and composer unions (SNAC, UNAC,UCMF), 130 music publishers and the 2 music publisher unions CEMF and CSDEM.
Staff total number
January 1 - December 31
Type of National legislation
Civil Law
Licensing system
Obligatory Collective Management
Mandating Rights Holders
law or mandates
REPROGRAPHIC LICENCES - Types of works licensed
Music sheet (classical music, jazz, light music, liturgical and military music…),songs texts and teaching music books (if published by music publishers)....
Types of uses licensed
reprography of graphic music
Types of institutions/sectors licensed
Conservatories and music schools, universities, secondary schools, public institutes of teacher training, primary schools(a contract was signed in 2005). churches through SECLI which is part of SEAM. Harmonic orchestras, band, bandas, choirs...
DIGITAL LICENCES - Types of works licensed
graphic music (music sheet, songs texts, music teaching books ..)
Types of uses licensed
digital private use of graphic music (CDR, DVDR, DDExt, Memory card, USB Key, cell phone, touchpad ...).
SEAM also signed (like CFC for books) in march 2006 a contract with the Ministry of Education for the digital use of graphic music in the french educational system.
Seam also gives "be to be" licences for the use of a lyrics database called BOEM (more than 70 000 titles in French and english) and distributes to the rightholders the royalties.
Types of institutions/sectors licensed
General public (private use). websites or others.
All schools in the french educational system depending on the Ministry of Education.
for private use: all sectors
For the data base: principally websites.
OTHER LICENCES - Public Lending Rights
Distribution methods
Both title-specific distribution and non title-specific distribution
Statistical surveys
Objective availability
% Author/Publisher Split
keys are in the status or in the law
Text authors’ % share
from 33,33 to 60% (depends on the works)
Publishers' % share
from 66,66% to 40% (idem)
Are deductions for cultural and/or social purposes made?
Cultural deductions as a percentage
25% of the digital private use collections.
New developments / court cases
SEAM controls schools:
-which adhered to the licence to check they didn't exceed their chosen page quota
-which didn't sign the licence to be sure they aren't using any photocopies of sheet music. When these schools make unauthorised copies, SEAM takes them to court. SEAM made a number of important checks in music schools and conservatories this year and elarge its action of prevention in doing a lot of information days in the schools.
SEAM do the same with the harmnic orchestras, Bands, choirs..
New developments / surveys and statistics
different surveys principally in the universities, secondaries school and primary schools.
Monthly surveys for the digital private use for the differents medias (USB Key, DVD datas etc..).
New developments / licensing
SEAM proposes, since september 2014, a contract for the reprographic uses in choirs.
SEAM collects and distributes fees from a data base of songs texts ("BOEM") that gathers 70 000 English and french titles.
Other new areas of development
SEAM has increased its collection and distribution and continues to prospect for new music schools and conservatories.
It continues to work with CFC for the application of the different contracts signed for secondary schools, universities and primary schools.
SEAM distributed fees for private copies of graphical musical works made on new medias (CDR, CDRW, MFD, ZIP, DVD, USB key, external hard disc, memory stick etc).
The most recent area development is the data base "BOEM" (see before) and also the new contract proposed to choirs.
Number of Bilateral agreements type A
Bilateral agreements type A with
Total amount collected for all licensing
5 474 947.00
Total amount collected for reproduction licensing
5 474 947.00
Total amount collected nationally for reproduction licensing
5 414 910.00
Amount for schools
1 811 355.00
Amount for further education
217 746.00
Amount for higher education
73 330.00
Amount for other sector(s)
365 621.00
Levies on equipment and other mediums
2 946 856.00
Total amount received for licensing from other RROs world-wide
60 037.00
Total amount received for reproduction licensing from other RROs world-wide
60 037.00
Total amount distributed from all licensing
2 498 999.00
Total amount distributed from reproduction licensing
2 498 999.00
Total amount distributed to national rightsholders
4 359 516.00
Total amount distributed to national rightsholders from reproduction licensing
4 359 516.00
Total Amount distributed to foreign RROs
34 146.00
Administration Charge (actual figure)
421 023.00
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