What does BECS do?

BECS was established in 1998 by the performers’ union Equity in order to enforce British performers’ rights in the UK and to collect revenue from the compulsory collective administration of statutory  rights in other EU member states.

Performers in many European countries are compensated for the use of their audiovisual work via a system of legal rights.  These rights entitle them to remuneration when their work is copied for private use, rented in video shops, retransmitted on cable channels or publicly broadcast.   BECS negotiates a share of the revenue generated in this way for British made productions that are exploited in the countries with performers’ rights. BECS has agreements in place with collecting societies

in Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

BECS has recently also successfully negotiated agreements with audio visual collecting societies in South America.  Specifically Chile, Colombia and Peru.

We aim to continually increase our affiliated societies and bilateral agreements wherever possible so as to collect more from our members throughout the globe.

We carry out our major distributions of revenue towards the middle and end of year as well as monthly mini-distributions for smaller payments.