The Neighbouring Rights Act

The Neighbouring Rights Act

The Dutch Neighbouring Rights Act (WNR) was introduced in 1993 and gives a performer, film- or record company or media organisation the right to:
decide if a performance may be recorded;
decide if a recording may be duplicated and released;
decide if a recording may be broadcasted, shown or played.

Music that was commercially released may always be broadcasted or played provided that a reasonable remuneration is paid. Thus, there is a law of compensation. Infringement of the Neighbouring Rights Act is punishable.

Upon the enforcement of the Neighbouring Rights Act, the Dutch government summoned Sena to represent the neighbouring rights of all Dutch performers and record companies.