Privacy Statement

When Buma/Stemra processes your personal data

Over 28,000 composers, lyricists and music publishers are affiliated with Buma/Stemra. Buma/Stemra ensures that when their creations are used they receive fair remuneration. Through sister organisations abroad, Buma/Stemra collects these remunerations for its members worldwide. Buma/Stemra also offers the world repertoire in the Netherlands and collects the remuneration for use on behalf of foreign composers, lyricists and publishers and transfers this to sister organisations.

Buma/Stemra processes personal data for the purpose of entering into and performing agreements with members (composers, lyricists and music publishers), music users and other parties and for providing related services. This involves the exploitation of copyrights, including:

the registration of relationship data for the purpose of executing the agreement,
keeping financial records, processing incoming and outgoing payments and complying with legal obligations, and
handling questions and incidents.
Buma/Stemra limits the data collected to what is necessary for concluding an agreement with Buma/Stemra as a rightholder, music user or supplier. Personal data sent by e-mail, by post, via the Buma/Stemra website or apps or via other means of communication (electronic or otherwise) shall be retained for as long as they are needed to perform the agreement in question, to provide the services in question or for as long as the law requires.

With whom Buma/Stemra shares your personal data

Buma/Stemra may pass your personal data on to sister organisations, its clients and suppliers (e.g. data processors) who provide services or perform assignments on its behalf and government bodies. And in all other cases in which we may be obliged to do so, for example by a court order or court judgment.

Your personal data may be passed on to suppliers who process data on behalf of Buma/Stemra outside the European Union. Buma/Stemra has taken the necessary measures to ensure that these processors provide appropriate guarantees when processing your personal data. Upon request, Buma/Stemra will inform you of the measures taken.


You may request Buma/Stemra to inspect the personal data concerning you that Buma/Stemra processes (in accordance with Article 15 of the General Data Protection Regulation). If the overview provided by Buma/Stemra as a result of your request contains inaccuracies or does not serve the purpose of Buma/Stemra, you may ask Buma/Stemra to correct, supplement or delete the data, temporarily suspend processing (subject to conditions) or transfer it to you in a common electronic format.


Cookies are used on the website and the portals accessible on it to allow the website and portal to function correctly (‘functional cookies’) and to collect anonymous data about how the website is used (‘analytic cookies’).

Before cookies are placed on your computer, tablet or telephone for other purposes, Buma/Stemra asks for your permission by means of a pop-up or banner on the website in question.


If you believe that Buma/Stemra is not correctly following the legislation relating to the protection of personal data with respect to you, you can submit a complaint to Buma/Stemra’s Privacy Officer by post or by e-mail ( The postal address is: Buma/Stemra – attn the Privacy Officer – PO Box 3080 – 2130 KB Hoofddorp.

At any time – before, during or after the above complaints process – you can also submit a complaint to the Dutch Personal Data Authority (see

Privacy Regulations

Buma/Stemra has Privacy Rules that describe in detail how Buma/Stemra handles personal data and which principles apply. You can view these rules here.