Reference repertoire

What if Buma/Stemra cannot detect which music is being used somewhere, but still money has been collected for its use?

We often know exactly which songs have been used and how to distribute the money we have collected. We know this either because the music user informs us, or because we automatically recognize the music on radio/TV or the Internet.

To determine how many times which music is used on national radio and television, Buma/Stemra has used the audio fingerprint technology since 2005. The principle of audio fingerprinting is applied, among others, to all national public and commercial radio and television stations.

And if it’s not clear which songs were used and how we have to distribute the money we have collected?

Then we know the category of the music for which the fee was collected through the type of music user. A restaurant for example, falls into the category of ‘horeca’ (bars & restaurants). For them, it is an impossible task to register every piece of music that is played. We investigate the type of songs that are played in the ‘horeca’ industry using random samples and we thereby define a reference repertoire. When we receive money from a restaurant, we divide that money between the songs in the ‘horeca’ reference repertoire, and then between the rightholders of musical works within this reference repertoire.