VEVAM is the Dutch Collective Management Organisation (CMO) for film and television directors. VEVAM is a foundation representing approximately 2000 affiliated Dutch directors. The affiliated directors transfer certain exploitation rights and rights to equitable remuneration to VEVAM when signing an ‘Exploitation Agreement’. VEVAM also represents foreign directors, on the basis of unilateral or reciprocal representation agreements concluded with foreign copyright societies. VEVAM collects and distributes remunerations for the use of audiovisual works, in particular with respect to the following exploitations.
The European Directive on satellite broadcasting and cable retransmission provides for the simultaneous, unaltered and unabridged retransmission by cable, that the cable operators have to obtain the authorization from all right holders of authors’ rights and neighbouring rights (authors, producers, performers, broadcasters), in the country where the act of retransmission occurs. Such rule is also incorporated within the Dutch Copyright Act. VEVAM provides for the necessary authorization to Dutch cable distributors and collects remunerations on behalf of film and television directors.
Since July 1, 2015, the Dutch Copyright Act has a new Article 45d paragraph 2 which specifically stipulates that, anyone who broadcasts a film work, or who has it broadcast, or – in short – offers channel packages to the public, owes proportionate fair compensation to the principal director of the film. According to paragraph 3 of Article 45d such right to compensation can be exercised exclusively by a CMO representing the interests of principal directors. On the basis of its mandate, VEVAM collects remunerations for film and television directors with the Dutch (cable) distributors and pays out the funds received to the directors of the respective programs.
According to the Dutch Copyright Act it is allowed to make copies of protected works for personal use or study without the consent of the author, provided that the author receives an equitable compensation for such copies. The remunerations for private copying are collected by the Dutch Foundation Stichting de Thuiskopie, and part of these funds are distributed to VEVAM for payment to the relevant directors of audiovisual works.
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Authors are entitled to receive a compensation for public lending of their works. The Dutch Foundation Stichting Leenrecht collects remunerations for the lending of protected works at public libraries and other lending institutions, and distributes part of these funds to VEVAM for payment to the relevant directors of audiovisual works.
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VEVAM distributes all income according to Distribution Rules. VEVAM operates on a non-profit basis and the revenues generated from exploiting the authors rights is distributed in full to directors with deductions for social and/or cultural purposes and administrative costs.
The Board of VEVAM consists of seven members, from which five members are elected by the General Assembly. Two boardmembers are directly appointed by the directors association Dutch Directors Guild. For operational matters, VEVAM uses the services of CEDAR, a service centre working for several Dutch CMO´s, including the Dutch (screen)writers society LIRA. VEVAM is member of VOICE, a branch association for CMO´s in The Netherlands.
VEVAM is affiliated with CISAC and one of the founding members of the Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA). SAA is an association of European Collective Management Societies representing audiovisual authors.
Sylvia Brandsteder – Director General
Dennis Scheffers – Policy officer
Talitha van Hattem – Team manager
Board of Directors
Sander Jansen – Chairman
Yan Ting Yuen
Jacqueline van Vugt
Holland Office Center, building 5
2132 NG Hoofddorp
Phone: +31 (0) 23-8700211
PO Box 3060
2130 KB Hoofddorp