The Neighbouring Rights Act
The Dutch Neighbouring Rights Act (Wet op de naburige rechten, WNR) was implemented in 1993 and gives performing artists, film/record companies and broadcasting organisations the right to decide whether:
- a performance may be recorded;
- a recording may be reproduced and put on the market;
- a recording may be broadcast, shown or played.
Commercially released music may always be broadcast or played, as long as a reasonable fee is paid – this is called ‘right to payment’. Failure to comply with the Neighbouring Rights Act is a punishable offence.
When the Act was introduced, Sena was appointed the task of managing the right to payment of all Dutch artists and record producers under the Neighbouring Rights Act.