Companies in the Netherlands that show television images to their employees or visitors require a Videma licence. Producers of footage own the copyright on their television programmes, videos and films. They exercise their copyright through the collective management organisation Videma.
What is covered?
The Videma licence gives you permission to show footage from:
- Dutch public and commercial broadcasting organisations
- American film and television studios
- foreign film and television producers
You apply for the licence (in Dutch) to Videma. You must pay a fee, the amount depending on how many hours you show television images and the average number of people that watch them. In addition, there are custom-made schemes for a number of sectors such as cafés and shops.
Licence to show films
If you show films from DVD or Blu-ray discs or any other device or method (stream, download) in your company or organisation to employees or visitors you require a licence from FilmService (in Dutch). You can choose a standard licence or a plus licence (in Dutch). The plus licence allows you to publicly announce your show. Some types of Videma licences may also grant you permission to show DVD films (as part of an agreement with FilmService).