For video-on-demand, i.e. making an audiovisual work available in such a way that everyone can have access from the place and at the time they individually choose, it is necessary to obtain a licence from the entities holding the corresponding rights. This may be the production company of the work, a distribution company, a rights aggregator and/or a collective management organisation.

On-demand services can take the form of either a subscription giving access to many works (a “catalogue”), individual payment for an individual work or free public access to one or more works – with or without advertising.

Since 1 April 2020, Swiss law has provided for an inalienable right to remuneration for authors of audiovisual works and performers in such works. The remuneration can only be collected by authorised collective management organisations. SSA is – for all societies in question – the managing society in charge of Common Tariff 14, which was negotiated with the representative associations of users. It has been approved by the competent Federal Arbitration Commission on 22 November 2021 and applies from 1 January 2022.

The tariff is published here. You also may  contact our VOD project manager: vod[at]

Prior to this date, the use of works in the form of video-on-demand is managed by SSA on a contractual basis. Similarly, creative contributions under copyright and works which would not fall within the scope of the Common Tariff 14 will continue to be managed by SSA on a contractual basis, provided they fall within its repertoire. Express authorisation from SSA prior to use is required and ad hoc contracts are concluded with the users in question.

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Please note: audiovisual works generally include music that requires a specific licenceSUISA will be able to provide you with information.