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About Sokoj

Sokoj protects rights of composers, songwriters, arrangers and other right holders in respect of musical works of all genres. Sokoj - Serbian Music Authors' Organization was founded in 1950. It is the oldest and until recently the only organization for collective protection of music copyright and related rights.

Sokoj represents, on the basis of their authorizations, over 9.000. domestic authors and copyright holders, and more than 2.000.000. foreign authors, on the basis of 101 bilateral agreements concluded with foreign copyright societies.

Sokoj is presently organized as a very model of contemporary European society for collective management of copyright. Sokoj performs its activity on the basis of Copyright and Related Rights Act ("Official Gazette of Serbia and Montenegro no.61/04) and appropriate authorization obtained, in accordance with the law, from Intellectual Property Office.

Sokoj, as a non-profit organization, performs two basic groups of activities:

  • issuing licenses for public performing and broadcasting protected music works;
  • collects adequate remuneration from users of those works; distributes and effects payment of collected remuneration, to authors and other copyright holders both in the country and abroad.

By operating continuously for more than half a century, Sokoj, as a leading institution of the region in this field, has played important role in establishing and developing the system of copyright legal protection, struggle for better economic status of domestic music authors, protection of rights of foreign authors, as well as the promotion of national cultural values.