VillaMusicRights (VMR) makes it possible for artists who write their own songs to make their music worldwide online available. For home users it is free. Business users, like shops and restaurants, pay a fee, on the basis of licenses in which the composers themselves determine the price and the duration of the license.
The world of music copyright is evolving. Monopolies of collecting societies are under pressure. Composers complain about a lack of benefit, users about non-transparent and high tariffs. Why should you as a composer pay a membership fee to such an organization, when you have to fill in a lot of forms and get nothing or little in return? Why should you as a user pay such high tariffs? This can change.
VMR provides a database on which music authors and lyricists make their works available together with the necessary licences.
VMR plays a role as a facilitator in the contacts between music authors and users. The authors grant home users permission to download these works for free. With commercial users special arrangements are made.
VMR provides advice on licences and rates. Composers and users all have to register in advance.
Composers have to declare and guarantee that they are authorized to exercise copy rights regarding the musical works in question. Users have to declare not to perform or reproduce the musical works for any other use than specified.
Payments between authors and business users are handled by VMR which receives a commission in remuneration of the cost of display, advice and transactions.