Private Copying

The term “private copying” refers to an exception in copyright law, which is harmonised at European level by an EU Directive (“InfoSoc”) and restricts the right of reproduction.

According to EU law, national exceptions for the copying of copyrighted works for purely private use must provide fair financial compensation for the economic losses incurred by rightsholders as a result of the exception.

Within the European Union, 25 member states, (excluding the UK) have such a private copying exceptions and BECS is able to collect any compensation due to its members whose works, which qualify under the applicable national rules, are shown within those states.