What is Gramex?
Gramex is a copyright society which promotes and administers the rights, prescribed in the Copyright Act, of performing artists whose performances have been recorded on phonograms and of producers of phonograms.
The most important practical function of Gramex is to collect remunerations for the use of phonograms and to distribute the collected remunerations to those entitled to them.
Founding of Gramex. In consequence to international legislative developments, provisions protecting performers and phonogram producers were incorporated into the Nordic copyright laws enacted at the beginning of the 1960s.
These provisions allow collective administration of rights through organizations. Gramex was established in Finland in 1967 to implement these rights.
Purpose of Gramex. GRAMEX, Copyright Society of Performing Artists and Phonogram Producers in Finland, administers and promotes the rights, prescribed in the Copyright Act, of performers whose performances have been recorded on phonograms and of producers of phonograms, collects remunerations under the Copyright Act, and distributes the remunerations among those entitled to them.
GRAMEX also promotes the general conditions of Finnish performing music and phonogram production. To fulfil its purpose, GRAMEX keeps abreast of both national and international developments in copyright legislation, and participates in this development work.
Cost efficent. Gramex deliveres about 87% of the collected payments to the clients and music promotion activities, as the rest is used for administration of Gramex.
Nonprofit organisation. Gramex is a nonprofit organisation, governed by the representatives of artists' and producers' organisations.
Cf. By-laws of Gramex