A simplified way to offer reproduction licences
Bonus Copyright Access is an economic association consisting of 14 professional, interest and trade organizations
representing authors, publishers and editors. In order to offer reproduction licences in a simplified way, the mentioned organizations have chosen to work under one "umbrella" – Bonus Copyright Access.
The supreme authority of Bonus Copyright Access is the Annual General Meeting. One representative from each member organization is represented at the meeting. Current activities are conducted by a board
of nine people and a secretariat
is in charge of executing the day to day work.
Both authors and publishers are represented on the board. A few of the member organizations are not represented on the board but can participate in board meetings as deputy members. The chairman is nominated by the Annual General Meeting. The statutes of Bonus Copyright Access provide that the chairman is to be impartial in relation to the member organizations.
Extended Collective Licence – ECL
To meet the need for simplified licensing solutions, a system of so-called extended collective licence provisions (ECL)
are provided for in the Swedish Copyright Act. Under these provisions, agreements for the exploitation of works may be entered into with an organization representing a substantial number of authors of a certain type of works which are used in Sweden within the specified field. By entering into such an agreement, a user can also acquire the right to exploit works by authors not represented by the organization.
The members of Bonus Copyright Access are all examples of organizations that are authorized to enter into agreements under the ECL provisions
as they all represent a substantial number of authors in the field concerned. The role of Bonus Copyright Access is to manage its members' rights collectively.
Licensing CategoriesCompulsory school and upper secondary school is a licensing category in which Bonus Copyright Access signs most contracts, followed by the category of higher education. Agreements are also signed with, for example, schools for music and arts, churches, and adult study associations.
In the workplace category agreements are signed with enterprises, authorities, associations, and other organizations, for reproduction and dissemination of information within the organization, including reproduction for internal training arranged by the licensee.
Remuneration to authors, publishers and editorsBonus Copyright Access ensures that creators and publishers, who are entitled to compensation when their works are copied, get remuneration when copying takes place. The group of rights holders includes, among other writers, playwrights, publishers, photographers, journalists, composers, illustrators, and publishers.
The compensation is distributed on the basis of statistical surveys. Within Bonus Copyright Access there are five distribution groups representing the categories of reproduction: books, teaching materials, press, music, and pictorial. Each member of the Bonus Copyright Access belongs to one of the five administrative groups.
Administrative costs and deductionsBonus Copyright Access is non-profit-making, all the money Bonus Copyright Access collect in licence fees is distributed to the members after a deduction for administrative costs. In accordance with the statutes, Bonus Copyright Access has the ability to allocate up to 10 % of the copyright revenue for administrative costs. The administration cost has over the years been very low, both in a national and in an international perspective. In 2015, Bonus Copyright Access administrative overhead ratio was 6,0 %.
Information activitiesAn important task for Bonus Copyright Access is to provide information about reproduction rules under the agreements and about copyright. In order to increase the awareness of the licensing agreements, Bonus Copyright Access visit schools and higher education institutions for information and verification purposes. During the check, the actual amount of copied material is compared to the agreed copy volume. If a breach of contract is discovered, Bonus Copyright Access may forward compensation claims on behalf of the rights holders.
The Bonus Copyright Access' mission is also to contribute to an international exchange
of knowledge in copyright.