Exploitation contract

How do I end my exploitation contract?

You can end your exploitation contract by sending a signed letter stating your account number. Notice can be given per calendar year with a notice period of three months. In other words, if you cancel no later than 30 September, the exploitation contract will end on 1 January of the following year. This applies to both a composer/author and a publisher.

Even if you only want to end your Buma exploitation contract or only your Stemra exploitation contract, you can send a signed letter including your account number. You can indicate in the letter which part of your membership you wish to end. Notice can be given per calendar year with a notice period of three months. Your termination will take effect from 1 January of the following year.

How do I change my exploitation contract?

If you decide to register your exploitation rights for a particular continent or country with a sister society, you can have your exploitation agreement with Buma and/or Stemra modified. As of mid-June 2014, it is also possible for rightholders to exclude the exploitation of their copyright by Buma/Stemra in five different categories by using the opt-out system.

For example: you want to join a copyright organisation in the United States that only applies to the territory of the United States, but want to remain a member of Buma/Stemra for the rest of the world. You can then ask Buma/Stemra to draw up a new exploitation contract for you with the exclusion of the United States. Observing the notice period, the amended contract will then start on 1 January of the following year. From that date, you can join the copyright organisation in the United States, where you should indicate that your membership is only valid for that country.

When members or affiliates want to make use of the opportunities the opt-out system offers and thereby want to exclude or withdraw rights from the collective management by Buma/Stemra, this can be done per year with a notice period of at least three months – before 1 October.

For changes in exploitation rights or territory exclusion, respectively, you can make use of the amendment form for the exploitation of copyright.

For other changes to your exploitation agreement, you can submit a written request to the management of Buma/Stemra.