What does BECS do?

The performers’ union Equity established BECS in 1998 in order to enforce its members’ rights in the UK and collect revenue from the compulsory collective administration of 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, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

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