RTBF pays 6.5 million to settle a dispute with artists

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A transaction was discreetly concluded between RTBF and PlayRight, the artists’ rights management company which claimed several million euros unpaid on old contracts. 6.5 million euros were paid to PlayRight in 2021 and the distribution between the artists concerned should begin in 2022.

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Journalist in the Investigations Department

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VSis the probable epilogue of a saga that will have lasted more than thirty years: RTBF has settled through a single payment of 6.5 million euros with Playright, the Belgian management company which collects the rights artists, for large unpaid amounts claimed by artists since 1989. In its annual report, PlayRight indicates that it has documented a portion of the amounts due to each affected artist and will begin to distribute this amount by the end of the year. ‘year.

In 2016, The evening reported that Playright had taken RTBF to court. Reason: the refusal to honour, despite multiple reminders, an agreement dating from 1989. According to the terms of this agreement, the RTBF undertook to refund to the artists concerned a percentage of the income derived from the broadcasting on the cable television distribution of its own productions.

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