Author’s right

The Author’s Rights on audiovisual works are protected by Law 9610/98, which recognizes the author of the literary or musical theme or plot, and the director as coauthor of the audiovisual work. As owner of the property and moral right on the audiovisual work, the director is solely entitled to exercise the moral right on the audiovisual work.

Although the Brazilian Author’s Right Act ensures the director the author’s ownership, the collection and distribution to the directors of the rights related to the communication of the audiovisual work to the public have not yet been regulated.

Many times, the control and collection, individually, for the use of works subject to author’s right you may be hard and onerous for the author. If an author cannot supervise a TV station by himself, he could not do it either to a hundred of TV stations around the entire world which can be using his/her work permanently. On the other hand, it would be very difficult for the TV station to contact each author individually every time a work is used.

If this work is a film, the situation would be even more delicate, since the audiovisual work is made up of a set of different authors, with different categories of creative work (the musician, the author of the literary plot and the director).

The solution found by the authors to reduce the gap between them and the users of their works is to unite to manage their rights collectively. This is how the "collective management associations" were created, which take action in the entire world with different repertoires, that is to say, those representing and managing composers and performers’ rights, others representing and managing the writers’ rights, and so on Currently, there are nearly two million of authors who are members or are affiliated to associations such as CISAC, from France Confédération Internationale des Sociétés d´Auteurs et Compositeurs (International Confederation of Authors and Composers).

CISAC has, among its members, all the associations which purpose is the collective management of author’s rights.

The collective management of rights allows the owners of author’s rights to organize around the common goal of charging for the use of works protected by the author’s right in all the media and platforms capable of exhibiting, publishing, reproducing and transmitting them, ensuring the creators the corresponding retribution for the use of their works.

At DBCA, we have the explicit support of DAC (Argentinean Film Directors) which, as from 2009, has regulated the collective management in Argentina and is currently performing this work successfully, of ADAL (Alianza de Directores Audiovisuales Latinoamericanos/Latin American Audiovisual Directors Alliance), of W&DW (Writers & Directors Worldwide) and of CISAC itself.


With the strong support of


Latin American Audiovisual Directors Alliance

Societies which provide their support with reciprocal agreements ​to Diretores Brasileiros de Cinema e do Audiovisual


National Theater, Film and Audiovisual Authors Association


General Association of Film and Audiovisual Directors Authors from the Argentine Republic.


Audiovisual Directors Colombian Association


Audiovisual Work Makers,


DAMA (logo) Derechos de Autor de Medios Audiovisuales See support letter

SACD (logo) Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques See support letter

Directors UK (logo) Directors UK
See support letter

ADAL (logo) Alianza de Directores Audiovisuales Latinoamericanos See support letter

DAC (logo) Directores Argentinos Cinematográficos See support letter

Writers and Directors (logo) Writers & Directors Worldwide
See support letter

ATN (logo) Sociedad de Autores Nacionales de Teatro, Cine y Audiovisuales See support letter

Directores México (logo) Directores México
See support letter

SGAE (logo) Sociedad General de Autores y Editores
See support letter

SIAE (logo) Società Italiana degli Autori ed Editori
See support letter