Business areas & distribution rules

Producer Rights Denmark (PRD) distributes rights revenues for the following business areas:

  • Retransmission basic (REB) formerly Cable/CAB
  • Retransmission commerciel (REK) former Middle Group
  • Blank Media (BME) formerly Blank tape levy
  • Digital services (DIG) formerly Start Over/SFF
  • Tv programmes for educational purposes (TVU) formerly AVU
  • Film in schools (FIU)
  • DR Archive (DRA)
  • TV in public venues (TVO)
  • Other countries

Below you will find more information about PRD's business areas and distribution rules.

PRD does not manage any rights related to productions made by the broadcasters themselves, including sports.

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Retransmission basic

Former cable retransmission, CAB

Licensed through Copydan Verdens TV for exploitations in Denmark.

Rights revenue from the retransmission basic (REB) area is collected in accordance with the provisions of the Danish Copyright Act on extended collective licence (section 35(1)) and distributed to all right holders regardless of membership.

Rights revenue is disbursed to Danish and foreign right holders based on the content registration of TV channels with a market share of 1,5% or higher, decided by the board of PRD in December 2017. Distribution is based on the content registration of the TV channels DR, DR2, DR-K, DR3, DR Ramasjang and TV2 Denmark.

The fundamental distribution principle is actual consumption, with duration and viewing figures received from Gallup being the two key parameters. Calculation for the retransmission area:

  1. Duration (playing time in minutes) x viewing figures (received from Gallup) = points
  2. Total revenue from Copydan per disbursement area/total number of points = point value
  3. The work’s points x point value = amount to be disbursed to the individual producer.

Danish right holders of producer rights and PRD members receive pre-payment an email asking them to confirm the rights to their TV and film productions. To claim your (company's) rights, you login via the PRD website and confirm the rights. Right holders and PRD members are responsible for ensuring that the claims are done correctly, which also means that PRD is released for any third party claims.

It is necessary to claim the rights associated with each new royalty and distribution period (typically one year) to ensure a correct and updated distribution base for all business areas.


Retransmission commercial

Former Middle Group, Filmret

Licensed through Copydan Verdens TV for exploitations in Denmark.

Rights revenue from the retransmission commercial area (REK) is collected in accordance with the provisions of the Danish Copyright Act on extended collective licence (section 35(1)) and distributed to all right holders regardless of membership.

Rights revenue is disbursed to Danish right holders based on the content registration of channels with a market share of 1,5% or higher, decided by the board of PRD in December 2017. Distribution is based on the content registration of the TV channels TV3, TV3+, TV3 Puls, TV2 Zulu, TV2 Charlie and Kanal 5. From royalty year 2019 and onwards, TV2 Fri and DK4 will be removed as distribution channels as these two channels for several years and still, has a market share of less than 1,5%. The same applies with effect from royalty year 2020 Kanal 4.

The fundamental distribution principle is actual consumption, with duration and viewing figures received from Gallup being the two key parameters. Calculation for the retransmission area:

  1. Duration (playing time in minutes) x viewing figures (received from Gallup) = points
  2. Total revenue from Copydan per disbursement area/total number of points = point value
  3. The work’s points x point value = amount to be disbursed to the individual producer.

Danish right holders of producer rights and PRD members receive pre-payment an email asking them to confirm the rights to their TV and film productions. To claim your (company's) rights, you login via the PRD website and confirm the rights. Right holders and PRD members are responsible for ensuring that the claims are done correctly, which also means that PRD is released for any third party claims.

It is necessary to claim the rights associated with each new royalty and distribution period (typically one year) to ensure a correct and updated distribution base for all business areas.


Blank Media

Former Blank tape levy, Filmkopi

Licensed through Copydan Kulturplus for copying for private use in Denmark.

Rights revenue from the blank media (BME) area constitutes compensation for the lawful reproduction for private use that takes place in Denmark. It is collected in accordance with the provisions of the Danish Copyright Act on blank media (sections 39-46a) and distributed to all right holders regardless of membership.

Two-thirds of the rights revenue are distributed on an individual basis to as well US and Danish and other non-US right holders on the basis of content registered on the following channels: DR, DR-K, DR2, TV2 Danmark and TV3 and from royalty year 2018 and onward also on DR Ramasjang and DR3.

The distribution is automatically calculated in the same way as for the retransmission area, though only for the following production categories: 

  • feature films
  • featurettes
  • short films
  • TV-films
  • fiction series
  • animation films
  • nature films
  • documentaries
  • film portraits
  • music or drama entertainment

One-third of the total revenues for blank media is distributed collectively through a pool that can be applied for once a year; PRD's collective funds


Digital services

Former Start Over/SFF, Filmkopi

Licensed though Copydan Verdens TV for exploitations in Denmark.

Rights revenue from the digital services (DIG) area such as StartOver and Catch-Up is collected in accordance with the provisions of the Danish Copyright Act on extended collective licence (section 35(4) and (5)) and distributed to all right holders regardless of membership.

Rights revenue is distributed to Danish and foreign rights holders alike on the basis of reports received direct from TV distributors. The revenue is thus distributed across TV channels without consideration for which channels are payment channels otherwise. As huge volumes of data are involved, a triviality limit has been introduced to avoid revenue being distributed to productions with very modest levels of activity.

Catch-up on feature films is not part of the present licensing/distribution.

As of the royalty year 2017 revenue from digital services will be disbursed based on actual consumption and data from Stofa and TDC.

Right holders of producer rights and PRD members receive pre-payment an email asking them to confirm their rights to the relevant TV and film productions. Right holders and PRD members are responsible for ensuring that the claims are done correctly, which also means that PRD is released for any third party claims.

It is necessary to claim the rights associated with each new royalty and distribution period (typically one year) to ensure a correct and updated distribution base for all business areas.


TV programmes for educational purposes

Licensed through Copydan AVU-medier for exploitations in Denmark.

Rights revenue from TV programmes for educational purposes (TVU) is collected in accordance with the provisions of the Danish Copyright Act on extended collective licence (sections 13 and 50(2) ) and distributed to all right holders regardless of membership.

Rights revenue is distributed to Danish and foreign TV and film producers based on information about the productions used and loaned in the relevant disbursement period. The information comes from the Center for Undervisningsmidler (CFU, the Educational Resource Centre).

Right holders of producer rights receive pre-payment en email asking them to confirm the rights to their TV and film productions. The rights are claimed by returning the email with a confirmation of the rights to the individual productions, after which the distribution of the rights revenue is made.

PRD does not administer rights to TV productions produced by the broadcasters themselves.


Film in schools

Licensed through Copydan AVU-medier.

This business area differs from the others in that PRD only manages rights on behalf of those entities that have directly authorised it to do so. Thus, agreements in the area are not given the effect of an extended collective licence, but are concluded on an exclusive rights basis.

Rights revenue from film in schools (FIU) is distributed to Danish and foreign holders of rights to feature films when these works are exploited in the educational domain.

The revenue distribution basis consists of information from a representative cross-section of schools/teachers about feature films used in schools in the relevant disbursement period.

With effect from 2018, a new agreement has been entered as regards film in schools. The agreement primarily deals with streaming of selected film titles for teachers and students. No distribution rules have yet been adopted for this exploitation. The distribution rules are not a matter for the PRD board alone, as several producers/distributors are direct parties to the agreement, and thus must agree between them.


DR Archives

Licensed though Copydan Arkiv.

Rights revenue from DR Archives (DRA) is collected in accordance with the provisions of the Danish Copyright Act on extended collective licence (section 30a) and relates to DR’s use of archive productions on its own platforms.

Rights revenue from DR Archives is distributed to right holders whose productions are used by DR under the Archives Agreement (Arkivaftalen). The revenue distribution basis consists of reported data received directly from DR. 80% of the distributed revenue is based on DR’s on-demand use and 20% is based on flow TV.

The revenues stemming from flow is distributed based on duration x viewers. The revenues stemming from on demand is distributed based on amount of streams x duration.


TV in public venues

Licensed through Copydan Verdens TV for exploitations in Denmark.

Rights revenue from TV in public venues (TVO) is collected in accordance with the provisions of the Danish Copyright Act on extended collective licence (section 35(4)) and distributed to all right holders regardless of membership.

Disbursements in respect of TV in public venues concern the use of TV content in restaurants, bars and the like.

Rights do not have to be claimed directly, as revenue from TV in public venues is distributed on the existing basis for rights in respect of retransmission on channels for which information is registered about both Danish and foreign productions.


TV for the military and TV for the seafarers

PRD has not adopted a distribution basis for distributing revenue from these two areas, which is extremely limited. Clarification of how this revenue will be handled is expected during 2019.

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Other countries

Licensed through PRD’s reciprocal and cooperation agreements.

Rights revenue from the exploitation of Danish TV and film productions outside Denmark is collected to the extent PRD acquires the right to manage the rights for the respective territories on behalf of the organisation’s members and Danish holders of producers’ rights.

Rights revenue from other countries derives primarily from Retransmission and Blank media, and similar business areas. Rights revenue is distributed based on information provided by the foreign organisations, which typically includes the title of the work, date, broadcast time, channel and amount.

Rights in respect of other countries do not have to be claimed directly, as they are managed on the existing basis for rights, works, business areas and territories.

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