What is an arrangement?

An arrangement is a change to a musical work. This applies to both text (for example, a translation) and compositions (for example, an arrangement).

Can I protest against the violation or manipulation of my creation? For example, if a bad translation comes onto the market?

Yes. The author can always protest against such violations or manipulations of his creation. Especially if he feels that his honour or reputation has thereby been damaged. The court will ultimately determine whether the protest is justified.

Does someone who arranges somebody else’s music have copyright to the arrangement?

Certainly. But the copyright for the original creation remains in effect, of course. Anyone who wants to publish or broadcast a translation or a film version must have prior permission from the rightholder of the original work. The copyright of the arranger also needs to be taken into account.

Is there a copyright on the interpretations and performances of the performing artists, including singers and musicians?

No. Performing artists and producers do have ‘neighbouring rights’. Think of musical performances by an artist and the recording of these by the producer. Thanks to neighbouring rights, the period of protection for records and CDs is seventy years. The musicians and record producers involved in old popular hits thereby still have rights.

To what extent do I, as the arranger, share the copyright?

An arranger of a protected work of music shares in the copyright royalties by up to 16.66%. But only if the work is performed or broadcast. Buma regulates the remunerations for this. Stemra does not collect fees for arrangements of protected compositions. However, as an affiliate of Stemra, you can expect fees for arrangements of protected texts.