Latvian Performers’ and Producers’ Association (LaIPA) is a collecting society acting on behalf of performers and phonogram producers. LaIPA represents more than 2000 Latvian performers and phonogram producers, as well as more than 2 million foreign performers and phonogram producers, basing on bilateral agreements with international collective management organisations.
Established in 1999, LaIPA is the only organization in Latvia taking care of performers’ and producers’ neighbouring rights and granting licences for the users of music records. LaIPA represents economical rights of all Latvian performers and phonogram producers, as well as foreign performers, phonogram producers, including independent phonogram producers and recording companies. Among the represented recording companies there are such worldwide – known companies as Sony, Warner, Universal, etc.
LaIPA is one of the founders of the Music Export Latvia and social foundation for musicians “Lidzskana”. LaIPA also works with intellectual property promotion programme and organizes various seminars, contests, educational camps and other events.
In 2003 LaIPA became a member of SCAPR (The Societies’ Council for the Collective Management of Performers’ Rights) and received a mandate to represent all organizations and members of SCAPR in Latvia.
On July 13, 2004, the Secretariat of the IFPI (International Federation of Phonogram Industry) appointed LaIPA as the national ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) agency in Latvia.
LaIPA has received a permission from the Latvian Ministry of Culture to perform collective management on following types of phonogram use:
- Broadcasting, including simultaneous transmission of electronic communications network and broadcasting only in electronic communications network;
- Retransmission by cable;
- Public performance (playback of phonograms in public places and publishing of broadcasts consisting of phonograms published for commercial purposes);
- Reprographic reproduction for personal use;
- Lease rental and public lending;
- Reproduction and distribution of phonograms that have been published until May 15, 1993 (on behalf of performers);
- reproduction (on behalf of phonogram producers);
- reproduction for professional use on behalf of author’s collection management organization to the extent agreed and while the agreement is valid;
- making available to the public by wire or otherwise in an individually selected location and at an individually selected time.
In addition, LaIPA has received permission from the right holders to represent them and collect remuneration in respect of synchronisation right.