Services for authors
Our range of services at a glance
SSA looks after the collection and distribution of rights remuneration for a work for its members, i.e. it issues invoices to the users, collects the respective remuneration and - after having deducted a share for its administration costs - passes it on to the relevant authors. In addition, it complies with the duties assigned to it by law and under its authorisation issued by the IPI.
Authors are basically free to manage the rights of their works themselves, depending on the genre via publishers, agents, galleries etc. or to entrust a collective management organisation with this task. Collective management organisations have the necessary resources (staff) and specific tools to be able to cover the financial and legal aspects of rights management in a comprehensive manner. CMOs have more clout vis-a-vis the users than an individual author and reinforce the principle of solidarity. Usually set up as cooperatives or associations, collective management organisations do not pursue any other interests than those of their members, who ultimately decide on their direction.
SSA is a collective management organisation for dramatic, dramatico-musical, choreographic and audiovisual works. Apart from the collection and distribution of rights remuneration, it offers the following services to its members:
Through its cultural funds, SSA supports creativity and distribution of domestic works.
Distribution and rights management
Broadcasting rights for radio and TV by SRG/SSR as well as performing rights (stage) are usually distributed throughout the year at the end of the month and depend on the actual usage of the works. Broadcasting rights for private radio and TV stations, however, are distributed in autumn of the year following the usage, based on the remuneration collected.
Remuneration arising from mandatory collective management (mcm), which comprises in particular cable retransmission rights, private copying rights (CD, DVD etc.), rental rights (video clubs/shops) and educational use, is paid out once per year, initially in the year after the use. Thus remuneration for broadcasts of dramatic, dramatico-musical and choreographic works is distributed in October, remuneration for audiovisual works in French is distributed in December.
Remuneration for on demand usages by SRG/SSR via internet is distributed in autumn of the following year and depends on the actual amount collected. In the case of private websites offering VoD, the distribution is made during the year; it depends also on the actual amounts collected.
Remuneration for mechanical reproduction (CD, DVD etc.) is paid out during the year at the end of each month following the collection of the licence fees.
Remuneration for uses abroad are distributed throughout the year irrespective of the work genre or the type of usage, depending on the amounts collected by SSA.
All remuneration payouts shall only take place if the works have been registered in time and if the relevant documentation has been supplied in full.
Documentation and international relations
Providing SSA with a works declaration marks the starting point for a network of international relations with the aim to manage members' rights effectively abroad, too. For more information on this topic, please go to the website of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers.
SSA members receive our magazine "Papier" three times per year. Our newsletter is called "infolettre".
SSA provides legal advice to its members with respect to copyright related issues.
Unpublished manuscripts may be deposited at SSA. The purpose of depositing a manuscript is to be able to prove the existence of a work at a given point in time.
SSA members get various discounts in theatres and cinemas.
SSA members are - subject to certain conditions - admitted to SSA's pension fund "fonds de secours" which augments their retirement capital in proportion to the rights remuneration for their works.
Social funds (solidarity funds)
Our solidarity funds helps members who are going through a difficult financial patch.
A distinction between two scenarios has to be made when it comes to a reimbursement of withholding tax that has been deducted from remuneration received from abroad; that is whether the tax residence of the rights owner is in Switzerland or not. The different approaches in force depend on the remunerations' country of origin; Switzerland and some other countries do not apply withholding tax to copyright royalties. If the tax residence of the rights owner is in Switzerland, SSA only deducts a reduced withholding tax.
As far as we know, it is possible for rights owners to claim a reimbursement if the amount is higher than CHF 50 and if an application for a flat-rate settlement is filed with the cantonal tax authorities. The respective tax authorities can provide further information and the necessary documentation (form DA-3) to the rights owners.
The application in question must be made in person and can be filed no sooner than the year in which the remuneration has been paid out has lapsed. The claim for reimbursements expires if it is not filed within three years.
If the tax residence of the rights owner is not in Switzerland, SSA deducts withholding tax at an additional rate to the already mentioned reduced tax rate for rights owners with tax residence in Switzerland. Information on reimbursements in part or in whole must be obtained from the local tax authorities as these depend on the kind of taxation treaties the country of residence has entered into with the country of origin of the remuneration.
Michel Soutter multi-function room
This multi-function room, featuring a maximum of 40 seats and an extensive technical infrastructure is at the disposal of those active in the creative sector, free of charge.