We are owned by creators of digital works and are operated for their mutual benefit.
Copyright Collective Society
Our cooperative administers content licensing on behalf of our members, creators of compositional digital works. We provide a shared licensing infrastructure including: creator membership, composite work registration, price computation, license fee collection, and royalty distribution. We have a market licensing committee, which defines markets and sets the meaning of a unit price within each market. Licensing of works to customers is done though market specific partners, such as an online store focused on elementary school educational materials, or an integrator building tailored systems for medical research teams.
Our organization is similar to other copyright collectives, such as the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) or the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). The principal difference is that our licensable works have the potential to be aggregates, with predecessors and components, each of which could be works of independent creators. Furthermore, our licensable works may be composed of multiple media types; for example, a complete video game includes music, graphic arts and software components.
We organize subject to the 7 cooperative principles, including voluntary and open goverance with democratic member control and economic participation. Our members are creators of digital works, each with one vote. To be eligible for voting, our members must meet a threshold of economic activity. Only natural persons may be members, although cooperative associations may also participate with voting power proportional to their membership. Our members elect a board of directors, who, in turn appoint leadership. Additionally, we have a market licensing committee and appeals panel, whose advisors are directly elected from our members.
Our organization is similar to other cooperatives and member controlled organizations, such as ASCAP. Unlike ASCAP, we have only one class of members. Moreover, ASCAP gives multiple votes to members based upon the licensing revenue that they are responsible for; our members have exactly one vote each. Unlike some non-profits, where the current board controls eligibility for new board members, in our cooperative, any member in good standing who meets a support threshold can be considered for directorship and be on the ballot.