Confédération internationale des sociétés d'auteurs et compositeurs (CISAC)

International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers
Confederación Internacional de Sociedades de Autores y Compositores

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1926-06-15 Paris France


Founded by 18 authors' societies from 18 countries, mainly representing the dramatic arts. Inspired by the ideas of universal peace and cooperation that had arisen after World War I, the founders' goal was to unite authors and composers from around the world. They intended to coordinate the work of their societies, to improve national and international copyright law, to foster diffusion of creative works and, in general, to attend to all common problems of creation in its widest sense. Present title adopted 1928, Rome (Italy).

Initially consisted of 5 federations for dramatic performing rights, public performing rights, mechanical rights, literary rights and film rights, namely: H-XH3684 - Federation of Societies for Rights of Representation; E-XM7016 - Writers and Directors Worldwide; H-XH3683 - Federation of Societies for Rights of Performance; E-XD1438 - International Bureau of the Societies Administering the Rights of Mechanical Recording and Reproduction; 'Fédération internationale des sociétés professionnelles des gens de lettres', subsequently H-XH2141 - International Institute of Arts and Letters (IIAL); H-XH4144 - International Federation of Screen and Television Writers' Associations. In 1966, the 5 federations were united to form the Confederation and lay the foundations of the current structure. In Oct 2004, at the General Assembly in Seoul (Korea Rep), significant amendments to the statutes were adopted; Jun 2007, Professional Rules for Authors' Societies were adopted.


Strengthen and develop the international network of copyright societies; secure a position for creators and their collective management organizations in the international scene; adopt and implement quality and technical efficiency criteria to increase copyright societies' interoperability; support societies' strategic development in each region and in each repertoire; retain a central database allowing societies to exchange information efficiently; participate in improving national and international copyright laws and practices.


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General Assembly (annual); Board of Directors; Executive Governance Committee; Presidency; Secretariat, based at headquarters in Paris (France). Regional offices (4): Africa - Burkina Faso; Latin America and the Caribbean - Chile; Asia-Pacific - China; Europe - Hungary. International Council of Creators: E-XD3585 - International Council of Music Authors; E-XD5647 - International Council of Creators of Graphic, Plastic and Photographic Arts; E-XM7016 - Writers and Directors Worldwide. Technical Committees (4): Information Services; Business; Media; Dramatic, Literary and Audivisual. Regional Committees (5): African (CAF); Asia-Pacific (CAP); Canada/USA (CCU); European (EC); Latin American and Caribbean (CLC).


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GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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