Collection and distribution
SSA collects works usage remuneration from the users of such works and passes it on to authors and rights owners. The payout of remuneration is usually based on the actual usage of the individual works. The type of work usage as well as the bases of calculation are shown in detail on the distribution statements.
Users often notify SSA about their work usages without being prompted to do so. SSA does, however, monitor the exploitation of works in the media as well.
SSA periodically negotiates the price for the exploitation of its repertoire with the radio and TV stations and subsequently issues an invoice to them. The total income thus collected is distributed among the authors in line with the broadcast duration of the individual works, with minute-based tariffs being applied. The latter depend on the work category as well as criteria such as time of broadcast, initial broadcast (premiere) or repetitions, 1st or 2nd broadcasting group etc. The distribution is made monthly based on a provisional tariff and shall be complemented, if applicable, via a later allocation once the definitive numbers are available.
SSA negotiates with the TV broadcasters the conditions subject to which they may make the works of the SSA repertoire available on their website for a duration of seven days after the broadcast.
Stage performing rights
Remuneration for performing rights is collected for each work per series of performances and directly credited to the author. A proportional share of the income from ticket sales or a minimum amount per available seat forms the basis for the calculation (in the case of guest performances and tour performances a percentage of the sales price of the performance). For school theatres and professional ensembles' performances at schools, a preferential tariff shall apply.
Remuneration for reproduction and distribution of work copies (sound and audiovisual recordings with content) is collected from the respective publishers.
Mandatory collective management rights
The five Swiss collective management organisations (SSA, SUISSIMAGE, SUISA, ProLitteris, Swissperform) jointly negotiate a common tariff with the respective users' umbrella organisations for each sector and determine a collective management organisation among themselves as the agency for collection in each case. The remuneration thus collected is split according to the respective repertoire shares among the collective management organisations; they pass it on to their members in question. Distributions are made annually.
There are no binding tariffs for the rapidly developing sector of online usages on the internet yet. The simulcast usage by different broadcasters is integrated in the broadcasting tariffs. Other digital kinds of exploitation shall be governed on a case-by-case basis, taking into account existing tariffs wherever possible.
SSA has concluded contracts on reciprocal representation with the majority of foreign authors' rights organisations which are active in the same sector. Each society collects remuneration according to its own tariffs in its territory and transfers them to the respective sister society. In such countries or areas where SSA does not have any representation, it can become active directly.
Of the rights remuneration collected, SSA retains a share varying depending on the kind of usage in order to finance its expenditure (average 2018: 12.04%) and to subsidise cultural and social funds (with up to 10% of the net royalties).