RAO participates in the set up of right holders confederation – supranational copyright organization


On May 25, the Confederation of Right Holders’ Societies of Europe and Asia (CRSEA) was set up in Minsk which consists of national societies that manage the rights of different categories of right holders in the member countries of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Representatives of leading copyright Societies from […]


Unsceduled RAO Conference in Moscow


The first stage of the extraordinary Conference of All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization “Russian Authors’ Society” (RAO) was held on April, 28 this year in Moscow. The delegates adopted a number of decisions aimed at financial recovery and improvement of the organization efficiency. The second stage of the Conference is fixed on July, 20, 2017. 239 delegates […]


CISAC European Committee Conference


The opening of the European Committee of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) was held on April 5, 2017 at the National Hotel in Moscow. Over 100 participants from Europe, USA and other countries and regions attended the conference. Jose Jorge Letria (CISAC European Commission Chairman), Maxim Dmitriev (Russian Authors’ Society […]


Results of licensing agents tender


On February 14, 2017, RAO announced a tender for the selection of licensing agents for the use of musical works from RAO catalog in the form of mobile and Internet content, mechanical recordings and as part of audiovisual works. The tender forms were submitted by 16 applicants. The tender results were as follows: 1. “Interactive” […]


President of RAO Authors’ Council Igor Butman gives interview to


Last year Russian Authors’ Society was widely discussed by mass media due to different scandals. Arrest of the former RAO general Director Sergey Fedotov became the high-water mark of that crises. Mr. Fedotov was accused of a multi-million embezzlement. Many RAO members claimed that they had been regularly underpaid, and demanded to change the organization […]


Russian Government approved a draft of a treaty on copyright and neighbouring rights management


Russian Prime Minister Dmirty Medvedev approved a draft of a Treaty on collective management of copyright and neighbouring rights. The draft sets common grounds for collective management in EuroAsian Economic Community (EurAsEC) countries. It increases transparency of CMOs and obliges them to audit their financial activities no less than once every two years. All audit […]


Courts supported all decisions made by the extraordinary RAO conference of 31.08.2016


On August 31, 2016, authors held an extraordinary RAO conference which removed Servey Fedotov and Vera Fedotova from their offices at RAO. Maxim Dmitriev was appointed a new General Director of RAO. On December 20, 2016, the Basmanny District Court denied the claims of a RAO member L.Velichkovsky, who asked the Court to find the […]


RAO holds a tender for agents in the sphere of copyright licensing


Russian Authors’ Society (RAO) announced a tender for agents in the sphere of mobile and internet content, mechanical reproduction and audiovisual synchronization licensing. The Authors’ Council of RAO decided to outsource some activities, which are traditionally executed by music publishers. This will allow RAO to decrease its expenditures and to stimulate royalties collection. Tender announcements […]


Extended meeting of the RAO Authors’ Council


Participants of the extended meeting of the RAO Authors’ Council included RAO General Director Maxim Dmitriev, members of the Authors’ Council Igor Butman, Ilya Reznik, Alexander Tchaikovsky, Anatoly Kroll, Daniil Kramer, Alexey Rybnikov, Vladimir Presnyakov, Alexander Vulykh, Nikita Vysotsky, Vladimir Shurochkin, Dmitry Darin, Evgeny Kobylyansky, Ara Babadjanyan, General Director of Universal Music Publishing Dmitry Konnov, […]


Full-scale independent audit started at RAO


The largest Russian audit company FBK Grant Thornton started studying business activities of Russian Authors’ Society (RAO) and its affiliated company ZAO «Service and Exploitation Company» (SEC). In the nearest time Grant Thornton plans to study RAO accounting reports and royalty distribution. Decision to start a full-scale audit was made by the extraordinary RAO Conference […]