Posthumous

I am the heir of a music author. What happens to the copyright when the author dies?

​When the author of a song text or a composition dies, the copyright remains in force for seventy years. The right to exploit the work (and to earn money from it) over that period will go to the heirs. If you want Buma/Stemra to continue to manage the exploitation of the copyright, you can conclude an inheritance contract. Among other things, this contract rules that any remunerations for the use of the work be distributed to the heirs. In order to do this, you will need to send an original copy of the notarial certificate of inheritance to Buma/Stemra. This certificate must state which person or persons are entitled to the estate. Furthermore, it is necessary to present a death certificate to the Member Service Department.

What happens to my copyrights when I die?

The copyrights to a song text or composition belong to their creator. In the case of death, the copyrights are maintained for a further seventy years. The right to exploit the work (and to earn money from it) over that period will go to the heirs. If they want Buma/Stemra to continue to manage the exploitation of the copyright, they can conclude an inheritance contract. Among other things, this contract rules that any remunerations for the use of the work be paid to the heirs.

What happens to the personality rights of the author after his death?

The rights will go to the person who has been there for designated by the author by will or codicil. If the author has not designated anyone, the personality rights will expire. In any case, this will happen seventy years after the first of January following the year of the death of the author.