EAÜ on asutatud 8.oktoobril 1991.aaastal. EAÜ on loodud eelkõige selleks, et autorid ei peaks jälgima kõiki nende teoste kasutajaid ning kasutajad ei peaks otsima tohutut hulka autoreid, kellelt teoste kasutamiseks luba küsida.

Reproduction of musical works aka recording

The Copyright Act gives the author exclusive right to authorise the reproduction of his or her works aka making copies. However, copies of musical works are made by recording the work on a sound or data carrier such as a CD, DVD, computer hard drive or on any other storage device, film, etc.

Licenses for the recording of musical works in Estonia are issued by the recording and online use department of EAÜ (Mario Kivistik and Marek Tihhonov : tel. 6 684 365, 6 684 375).

In case a user wants to record music in order to use it in a commercial or to modify a work (e.g. make an arrangement or create Estonian lyrics), it is necessary to obtain a licence directly from the right holders of the musical works. However, in that case, EAÜ will provide assistance with relevant contacts.

In order to record a musical work from an already existing sound carrier it is also necessary to obtain a licence from the producer of the original sound carrier and from the performers of the musical work.

Unauthorized recordings (e.g. from the radio) may only be made for personal use (scientific research, teaching, etc.).

EAÜ's authorization is not needed:

1. For recording a musical work, all authors (composer, lyricist, arranger) of which have died more than 70 years ago;

2. For recording works of folklore (unless they have been arranged);

3. For recording works of right holders who are not members of EAÜ or other colletive management organizations and whose permission must be asked directly.

It is important to always check with EAÜ whether using a work is free or if right holders are represented by EAÜ before recording a sound or video carrier.

Licenses and tariffs for online use and recording