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- What is AEPI and who does it represent?
- How is intellectual property ownership over a musical work secured?
- How many years is intellectual property over a musical work in effect?
- Why should an intellectual creator/intellectual property holder become a member of AEPI?
- How can I become a member of AEPI?
- With which international organisations does AEPI collaborate?
- Who is considered a user of a musical work and what are users’ obligations?
- At my premises I use only radio/television and I pay at the National Radio Television Organisation. Do I need an AEPI license?
- I was informed by the Municipality where my premise is based, that I don’t need an AEPI license if I use only radio/television.
- At my premises I play only foreign music. Do I need to get an AEPI license?
- At my premises I sing by myself. Do I need to get a AEPI license?

Question: What is AEPI and who does it represent?
Answer: AEPI is an Intellectual Property Collective Administration Organisation for musical works. It represents intellectual creators (composers, poets etc.) and intellectual property owners of musical works.

Question: How is intellectual property over a work secured?
Answer: According to the current legislation the means of securing intellectual property over a musical work are, either its recording using material sound or sound and visual media with a view to its commercial exploitation, or its public performance.

Question: How many years is intellectual property over a musical work in effect?
Answer: A musical work is protected for 70 years after the death of the last of its co-creators and intellectual property is granted to his or her legal heirs.

Question: Why should an intellectual creator/intellectual property owner become a member of AEPI?
Answer: AEPI, which was founded in 1930 and to date deals with the protection and management of the intellectual property of its members, is the only Collective Administration Organisation in Greece that represents, protects, collects, and distributes intellectual property fees for all uses of the works of its members. At the same time, through representing agreements with corresponding Collective Management Organisations abroad, AEPI is the only Organisation in Greece that is recognised by all the foreign organisations with a view to allocate royalties arising from the use of AEPI’s members’ works abroad.

Question: How can I become a member of AEPI?
Answer: If you want to contact us with a view to become a member of AEPI.

Question: With which international organisations does AEPI collaborate?
Answer: AEPI is an active member of the two large international confederations BIEM and CISAC. Moreover, it is a founding member of GESAC alongside with the European Legislative Committee, which is responsible for the relevant European Legislation.
Furthermore, AEPI has signed representing agreements with 127 corresponding Collective Management Organisations worldwide. Consequently, the exploitation of the works of the creator/intellectual property owners-members of AEPI is protected at a global level.

Question: Who is considered a user of a musical work and what are users obligations?
Answer: According to current Greek Legislation (Act 2121/1993) and international conventions, for any kind of use of musical works the written permission of the creators/intellectual property owners is required, which is issued by the Collective Administration Organisation, which represents them, which in this case is AEPI.
Users of music are therefore all those, personal businesses or not, who exploit musical works for commercial reasons and in any way.
For example, users are:
- those who wish to record and/or print and/or circulate musical works belonging to AEPI’s repertoire (e.g. phonographic companies, printing factories, etc.).
- those who seek to perform musical works in public (e.g. radio/television stations, the organisers of concerts, bars, entertainment centres, hotels, etc.) by any means of transmission or performance.
- those who seek to present, sell or simply distribute online musical works.
For any means of use (such as the above indicative examples), of the musical works of the repertoire of the creators/intellectual property owners represented by AEPI or international Collective Administration Organisations bound by contract with AEPI, use is legalised only with the written permission of AEPI.

Question: At my premises I use only radio/television and I pay Greek Radio Television. Do I need an AEPI license?
Answer: The fees you pay to Greek Radio and Television are in no way related to intellectual property. For public performance in any public space of works that belong to AEPI creators/intellectual property owners, you should previously supply yourself with AEPI’s written license of Public Performance.

Question: I was informed by the Municipality where my premises is based, that I don’t need the AEPI license if I use only radio/television.
Answer:
A circular has been issued by the Ministry of the Interior, which states that premises that have – strictly and exclusively – radio and/or television without any further sound installations, do not need a musical instruments license. This license should not be confused with AEPI’s Public Performance written license and consequently the above circular does not relieve you of your responsibilities vis a vis our Organisation.

Question: At my premises I play only foreign music. Do I need to get an AEPI license?
Answer: AEPI protects and manages the intellectual property of foreign creators through representing agreements with corresponding Collective Management Organisations worldwide. Consequently, your obligation to supply your premises with the Public Performance license and pay the relevant intellectual property fees is precisely the same as if you would play only Greek works.

Question: At my premises I sing by myself. Do I need to get an AEPI license?
Answer: The musical works have music and lyrics that have been composed and written by intellectual creators represented by AEPI. The Public Performance license does not question who interprets the works, instead it legalises the use of the works of the repertoire of creators/ members of AEPI. Consequently, the written permission of AEPI is required.

 

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