History of Bonus Copyright Access
Last updated: 01/11/2016


During the 60's

During the 60's it became apparent that individual teachers' need for copying from books, newspapers and periodicals, and other literary and artistic works could not be satisfied within the framework of the Swedish copyright law and that illegal copying was prevalent.
All parties – publishers, authors and the Government (representing the educational system) – found that they had a common interest in settling the issue by agreement. To obtain consent from the owner of the right in every single case was, of course, for practical purposes, impossible.

Bonus was formed in 1973

In 1973, after certain statistical studies, the parties reached an agreement, according to which copying in schools was regulated. All parties concerned with copyright – authors, composers, photographers, draftsmen, book and music publishers, the press and journalists – participated in forming the agreement. Through this agreement on reprography, remuneration for reproduction was granted authors and editors. Furthermore, the agreement regulated the extent to which such reproduction would be allowed. The agreement was the first of its kind in the world.
BONUS – (Pictures, Words, Printed Music – Joint Copyright Organization) was now formed with the purpose to manage the member organizations' rights collectively.
Presskopia was formed in 1982 by the organizations in the newspaper and the periodical sectors. There was a great demand for an agreement on copying from both the business sector and the public administration.
In 1996, the organizations in the pictorial sector joined. The main task has been to license the right to reproduction of articles in newspapers and periodicals for internal use within companies, organizations and authorities.
From January 1st, 1999 BONUS and Presskopia have merged to one organization, Bonus Presskopia, which now licenses both the educational and the business sector.

Bonus Presskopia becomes Bonus Copyright Access

At the end of 2013, the association decided to change its name to Bonus Copyright Access to reflect the developments in the licensing area that have taken place during the early twenty-first century.