Frequently asked questions

Something is still unclear or missing? Ask us by email!

Some answers

What does ALGOA mean?

ALGOA is the Association of Collective Management of Audiovisual Works in Luxembourg (Association Luxembourgeoise de Gestion des Œuvres Audiovisuelles) established more than 10 years ago to track and distribute royalties on retransmission of the products of independent producers in representation of AGICOA in Luxembourg. Contacts with Rightsholders from Luxembourg relating to their registrations and their rights declarations will be done directly with our colleagues from AGICOA in Geneva.

What does AGICOA mean?

AGICOA is the Association of International Collective Management of Audiovisual Works (Association de Gestion Internationale Collective des Oeuvres Audiovisuelles). As a neutral and non-profit institution, AGICOA acts in various countries, in the area of TV retransmission means, to collect and to distribute the payments of royalties to the producers of audiovisual works and/or their Rightsholders.

What is the AGICOA Alliance?

A single audiovisual work declaration with AGICOA can apply worldwide wherever the AGICOA Alliance operates. Our Alliance partners subscribe to common practices and ethical principles; so rightsholders' interests are managed in a consistent way across countries and regions.

Which retransmission means are handled by AGICOA?

AGICOA's business today is linked to various means of retransmission provided it has been mandated by Rightsholders for the management of these rights.

Right now royalties are collected by AGICOA for:

  • Technical means: ADSL, cable, satellite platform, mobile applications, DVB (Digital Video Broadcast) and DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcast-Terrestrial);
  • Reception places: households, hotels rooms.

In which countries is AGICOA collecting royalties?

The AGICOA Alliance collects retransmission royalties in those countries where it has either concluded licensing agreements directly with local TV retransmission operators or through a local collecting society. AGICOA has focused on collecting retransmission royalties in main European markets, but is steadily developing its markets in other countries.

AGICOA cannot collect retransmission royalties in those countries where either the local law exempts the retransmission of TV programs from copyright or where retransmission operators, despite AGICOA’s efforts and even legal actions, still refuse to pay royalties. Finally, AGICOA cannot collect retransmission royalties either in those countries where national legislation grants a monopoly to local collecting societies and prevents AGICOA from operating in this country.

Does AGICOA pay royalties other than for retransmissions?

AGICOA's core business used to be cable retransmission, but today it encompasses other similar retransmission means provided AGICOA has been mandated by Rightsholders for the management of these rights.

Right now royalties are collected by AGICOA for:

  • Technical means: ADSL, cable, satellite platform, mobile applications, DVB (Digital Video Broadcast) and DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcast-Terrestrial);
  • Reception places: households, hotels rooms.

Do I have to pay something to register at AGICOA?

No, registration at AGICOA is free. We finance our services through the deduction of a fee of below 10% of royalties collected. In other words, there is no client investment, only returns.

Who can register at AGICOA?

Any independent producer or his/her assignee owning cable or similar retransmission means' rights on audiovisual works. He/she can be a natural person or a legal entity.

How can I declare my rights on works?

For your convenience, AGICOA has developed three update modes. You may select the most appropriate to your environment and needs.

  • IRRIS Web: Web declaration portal to declare, update and/or query your works and rights as well as to look at your related remuneration.
  • WRI: Electronic Import of Works and Rights Information between your company's database and AGICOA's to declare and/or to update your works and rights.
  • Paper declaration forms: Paper declaration forms that you fill in, print and send back to AGICOA.

Is there a time frame limit to declare my rights on works in order to get paid?

Provided your declaration occurs prior to the corresponding final distribution, the sooner you declare your work and rights, the quicker you will be remunerated after your work has been retransmitted.

Can I check my remuneration online?

Absolutely, this is possible directly from your desk through IRRIS Web, the web declaration portal.

When will I get paid?

Provided your declaration occurs prior to the corresponding final distribution, the sooner you declare your work and rights, the quicker you will be remunerated. The year following the broadcast, the collected funds are distributed to the Rightsholders, for the territory and period concerned.

I am about to produce a movie. Would ALGOA be able to help me out with copyrights matters?

ALGOA collects and distributes the payments of royalties to the producers of audiovisual works and/or their Rightsholders. What you ask is outside our scope of activities.

I have produced a movie. Could ALGOA help me to sell it?

ALGOA collects and distributes the payments of royalties to the producers of audiovisual works and/or their Rightsholders. What you ask is outside our scope of activities.

I have produced a movie. How can I make use all users pay copyrights?

ALGOA collects and distributes the payments of royalties to the producers of audiovisual works and/or their Rightsholders. What you ask is outside our scope of activities.

I am about to broadcast a play captation. Are there any copyrights to pay?

ALGOA collects and distributes the payments of royalties to the producers of audiovisual works and/or their Rightsholders. What you ask is outside our scope of activities.