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Tariffs – Music

Copyright Society of Botswana

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Introduction:

The Copyright Society of Botswana (COSBOTS) is the Collective Management Organization in Botswana; incorporated in 2008 as a Private Company Limited by Guarantee. COSBOTS is mandated by the Copyright and Neighboring Rights Act CAP 68:02 to among others, license and collect royalties from users of protected works to distribute to copyright owners, as well as setting royalties in accordance with international standards.

The following tariffs  shall  determine  the  royalties  to  be  collected  by the  Copyright  Society of Botswana (COSBOTS) on behalf of members for:

  • The adaptation of works, performances and sound recordings
  • The insertion of works, performances or sound recordings in other scopes
  • The use of the works for publicity purposes.

The tariffs shall fix the remuneration for artistic works communicated to the public, depending on the methods of mechanical rights and communication to the public, in respect of music of both national and foreign origin as outlined in the Constitution of COSBOTS and the Copyright and Neighboring Rights Act CAP 68:02.

The distribution of royalties for members of COSBOTS and for members of sister societies shall be carried out in accordance with the Distribution Rules of COSBOTS.

Users are categorised into three groups, based on the value of the usage of music, (refer categories below) add to their business establishment and that is reflected under each category as follows;

Category of user’s:

The following table indicates usual prescribed list of the users under each category:

Essential user’s:

1. Broadcasters
2. Live performance at concerts, and festivals
3. Night Clubs, music promoters,
4. Dancing and Singing Shows
5. Juke box
6. Beer Festivals
7. Advertising Jingles
8. Cable Operators (cable casters)
9. Distributors of encrypted satellite signals

Important user’s:

1. Bars and liquor restaurants
2. Cabaret/Dinner
3. Events, Music Awards Functions
4. Music Tutors
5. Gymnasia
6. Circus
7. Music Theatre
8. Beauty Pageants and Fashion-shows
9. Bars and liquor restaurants
10. Cabaret/Dinner

Incidental user’s:

1. Trade Fairs, exhibitions
2. Shops/Franchises/chain stores
3. Public Transport Providers
4. Music on hold
5. Corporate Institutions with waiting halls
6. Interval music in cinemas
7. Beauty & Hair Salon and Boutiques
8. Hotels & Lodges
9. Functions

Broadcasters tariff (COS-BR)

This annual tariff applies to broadcasters’ communication of sound recordings and music to the public and is applicable to both television and radio broadcasting. The tariff is based on the broadcaster’s previous year’s audited financials or forecasts where previous books are not available. A fixed fee will be negotiated where both audited financials and forecasts are not available. A percentage of the gross annual revenue/budget and the broadcaster’s music content will determine the license fee.

Percentage of music content:

70% – 100%
30% – 69.9%
1% – 29.9%

Percentage of the gross annual revenue budget:

6.5%
3.5%
1.75%

Webcaters tariff (COS-WB)

This annual tariff applies to webcasters’ communication of sound recordings and music to the public. The tariff is based on the webcaster’s previous year’s audited financials or forecasts where previous books are not available. A fixed fee will be negotiated where both audited financials and forecasts are not available. A percentage of the gross annual revenue/budget and the broadcaster’s music content will determine the license fee.

Percentage of music content:

70% – 100%
30% – 69.9%
1% – 29.9%

Percentage of the gross annual revenue budget:

2.5%
2%
1.5%

Narrowcasters / target caster tariff (COS-NR)

This annual tariff applies to narrowcasters ‘communication of sound recordings and music to the public. The tariff is based on the narrowcaster’s previous year’s audited financials or forecasts where previous books are not available. A fixed fee will be negotiated where both audited financials and forecasts are not available. A percentage of the gross annual revenue/budget and the broadcaster’s music content will determine the license fee.

Percentage of music content:

70% – 100%
30% – 69.9%
1% – 29.9%

Percentage of the gross annual revenue budget:

5.5%
3.5%
1.5%

Cable Operators/ Satellite broadcasters tariff (COS-NR)

This annual tariff applies to cable operators of sound recordings and music to the public. The tariff is based on the cable operator’s previous year’s audited financials or forecasts where previous books are not available. A fixed fee will be negotiated where both audited financials and forecasts are not available. A percentage of the gross annual revenue/budget and the broadcaster’s music content will determine the license fee.

Percentage of music content:

70% – 100%
30% – 69.9%
1% – 29.9%

Percentage of the gross annual revenue budget:

4%
3%
2%

Tariff (COS-CE) Corporate Events

This tariff is applicable to all corporate events where music is used e.g. Christmas Parties, Gala Dinners, Awards, Launches, Beauty Contests, Games and other corporate events. The tariff will be based on the number of attendants per event per day. This tariff is applicable whether admission fee is charged or not charged. Payment of license fees should be done prior to the event happening.

Number 
of attendants:

0 – 100
101 – 300
301 – 500
501 – 700
701 – 1000

Flat fee per day where there is admission fee:

P3,200
P4,480
P6,272
P8,780.80
P12,293.10

Flat fee per day where there is no admission fee:

P2,080
P2,912
P4,076.80
P5,707.50
P7,990.50

NOTE: Fees will increase prorated at P150 for every bundle of 200 people in attendance over and above the 1000 above.

Tariff (COS-EPFlat01) Event Promoter Flat (Where there is admission fees paid)

The following tariff (COS-EPFlat) which attracts a flat fee is based on the number of attendants per event per day and is applicable where admission fee is charged. The tariff applies where music is used whether through artist’s performances, DJ performances, PA system or any other format. Payment of license fees should be done prior to the event happening.

Number of attendants:

0 – 100
101 – 600
601 – 1500
1501 – 3500
3501 – 6500
6501 – 10000

Event’s / Festivals

P1,150
P1,950
P2,750
P3,700
P4,200
P4,760

Student/Church/Charities Events:

P575
P1,150
P1,600
P2,000
P2,600
P3,000

Note: Fees will increase prorated at P450 per bundle of 1,000 people in attendance over and above the 10 000 above.

Tariff (COS-EPFlat02) Event Promoter Flat (where there is no admission fee)

The following tariff (COS-EPFlat) which attracts a flat fee is based on the number of attendants per event per day and is applicable where admission fee is NOT charged. The tariff applies where music is used whether through artists’ performances, DJ performances, PA system or any other format. Payment of license fees should be done prior to the event happening.

Number of attendants:

0 – 100
101 – 600
601 – 1500
1501 – 3500
3501 – 6500
6501 – 10000

Event’s / Festivals

P1,150
P1,950
P2,750
P3,700
P4,200
P4,760

Student/Church/Charities Events:

P575
P1,150
P1,600
P2,000
P2,600
P3,000

Note: Fees will increase prorated at P225 per bundle of 1,000 people in attendance over and above the 10 000 above.

Tariff (COS-ETA) Exhibitions, Trade Fairs, Amusement Parks

This tariff is applicable where music is used and consumed at exhibitions, trade fairs, amusement parks, road shows, activations, promotions, political rallies, and similar. The charge will be based on the number of attendants per day at the venue of the event.

(COS-ETA) Indoors:

Number 
of attendants:

0 – 100
101 – 600
601 – 1500
1501 – 3500
3501+

Flat fee per day where admission fees are charged:

P1000
P1350
P1900
P2300
P3000

Flat fee per day where there is no admission fee:

P750
P1100
P1650
P2050
P2750

(COS-ETA) Outdoors:

Number 
of attendants:

0 – 1000
1001 – 3000
3001 – 5500
5501 – 10000
10001+

Flat fee per day where admission fees are charged:

P1500
P1950
P2300
P3000
P3900

Flat fee per day where there is no admission fee:

P1250
P1700
P2050
P2750
P3650

Tariff (COS-RD) Ringtones, ring backs, caller ID:

The applicable tariff for ringtones, ring backs and caller ids where music is used is 4.5% of the gross revenue from such services per annum. Client will be required to produce audited figures of the revenue generated from the service. Where the business is new and has no previous books, forecasts will be used.

Tariff (COS-JBX) Jukebox Tariff:

This tariff applies to the performance of recorded music as background music in different premises by means of audio jukeboxes and similar coin operated machines. A flat fee of P845.00 per annum per jukebox will be charged.

Tariff (COS-DJ) Mobile Disc Jockey:

This tariff applies to the performance or communication to the public of music and sound recording by mobile disc jockeys. This tariff covers the DJ for playing at informal and sporadic events such as weddings, individual/private parties and/or functions.

This tariff does not cover corporate gigs, performances at event venues, concerts and festivals. A different tariff (COS-EP) will be applied for such events even when a DJ engaged has a COSBOTS license.

Flat fee per annum – Urban:

P1000.00

Flat fee per annum – Rural:

P500.00

Tariff (COS-ACM) Hotel Rooms, Motel, Lodges, B &B, Ranches, Accommodation establishments ;( annual fee per room)

This annual tariff applies to the performance or communication to the public of music and sound recordings provided by means of radio/television receiving sets, disc players, tape machines and similar devices in hotels, motels, guesthouses, banqueting suites, and similar multi-roomed premises.

This tariff is not dependent on the hotel room occupancy and will apply whether or not the accommodation establishment is filled to capacity.

Music from Television sets comprises from music from Television adverts, background music in movies/Television programs and music from music videos played as fillers or in music programs and also music played from music channels.

Facility
grading:

5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
No grading

Hotels rate
per room
:

P115
P100
P85
P 65
P40
P33

Motels, Lodges rate
per room
:

P100
P85
P70
P50
P30
P25

Ranches, B & B’s
rate per room
:

P85
P70
P55
P37
P27
P20

Tariff (COS-MoH) Music on Hold:

This annual tariff is applicable when music is used while the telephone is still on hold or a caller is being transferred to another line. For telephone music on-hold in hotel rooms, offices and reception areas at hotels the tariff below shall be applicable per line per annum.

Number of telephone extensions:

1 – 50
51 – 160
161 +

Fee per extension:

P17.50
P25
P35

Tariff (COS-Ent) Restaurants, Cafes, Bars, Coffee Bars, Canteens, etc.

This annual tariff applies to the performance or communication to the public of music and sound recordings in Restaurants, Cafes, Bars, Coffee Shops and similar premises. It covers background music by devices such as Radios, Television sets, Disc Players, Tape Machines, DVD Players, CD Players, Flash disc Players etc.

Tariff (COS-EntR) (for rural areas):

Store size in square meters:

1 – 100
101 – 200
201 – 350
351 – 500
501 – 1000
Above 1000 square metres

Fee per square meter:

P1,500
P2,150
P3,000
P3,800
P4,500
P5,700

Tariff (COS-EntU) (for urban areas):

Store size in square meters:

1 – 100
101 – 200
201 – 350
351 – 500
501 – 1000
Above 1000 square metres

Fee per square meter:

P2,600
P3,225
P4,400
P5,700
P6,500
P7,200

Tariff (COS-ReT) RETAILERS

This annual tariff applies to the performance or communication to the public of music and sound recordings in retail/chain stores, supermarkets and similar premises. It covers background music by devices such as Radios, Television sets, Disc Players, Tape Machines, DVD Players, CD Players, Flash disc Players etc.

Tariff (COS-ReT R) (For Rural areas):

Store size in square meters:

1 – 100
101 – 200
201 – 350
351 – 500
501 – 1000
Above 1000 square metres

Fee per annum:

P1,050
P2,100
P2,900
P3,300
P3,900
P4,200

Tariff (COS-ReT U) (for urban areas):

Store size in square meters:

1 – 100
101 – 200
201 – 350
351 – 500
501 – 1000
Above 1000 square metres

Fee per annum:

P2, 240
P3, 100
P4, 200
P4, 900
P5, 050
P5, 800

Tariff (COS-BS) Beauty Spas:

This annual tariff applies to the performance or communication to the public of music and sound recordings in beauty spas and similar premises. It covers background music by devices such as Radios, Television sets, Disc Players, Tape Machines, DVD Players, CD Players, Flash disc Players etc.

Seating capacity:

1 – 10 seats
11 – 30 seats
31 – 60 seats
61 – 120 seats

Fee per seat:

P 16.50
P 18. 00
P 20. 00
P 22. 50

Tariff (COS-HS) Hair Salons:

This annual tariff applies to the performance or communication to the public of music and sound recordings in hair salons and similar premises. It covers background music by devices such as Radios, Television sets, Disc Players, Tape Machines, DVD Players, CD Players, Flash disc Players etc.

Seating capacity:

1 – 10 seats
11 – 30 seats
31 – 60 seats
61 – 120 seats

Fee per seat:

P 14 .50
P 15.00
P 17.00
P 18.00

Tariff (COS-DISCO): Nightclubs, Discotheques:

This annual tariff applies to the performance or communication to the public of music and sound recordings at premises where dancing takes place. The tariff shall be an annual flat rate.

i) A flat fee of P5, 500 for rural areas.

ii) A flat fee of P8, 500 for urban areas.

Tariff (COS-CBM) CINEMA Background Music:

This tariff is applicable for the use of background music in Cinemas.

i) Flat fee per auditorium or cinema hall is P964.50 per annum

ii) Flat fee for foyers, hallways, refreshment stalls and/or counters with no seating P733.50 per annum

Tariff (COS-LP) Live Performers Singers and Instrumentalists:

A flat rate of P140 per annum is charged per performer/band member. This only covers the performing of other rights holder’s works at hotels, restaurants, street corners, stores and/or various products promotions organized at various venues where mainly cover versions are performed by such performer and/or band.

This tariff shall not cover any other usage such as in concerts, festivals, etc. COSBOTS remains the sole determining authority as to which tariff to apply under various circumstances. This does not cover the venue where such performance/s occurs.

Tariff (COS-DC) Dance Classes/Ballet Dance Classes:

This tariff is applicable where background music is used in dance classes, ballet classes, zumba, aerobics, dance competitions and similar instances.

A flat fee of P80 per day, or P250 per month, or P2, 800 per annum is payable in advance.

No live music is covered under this tariff.

Tariff (COS-GR) Gym Rooms:

This tariff is applicable where background music is used in gym rooms.

A flat fee of P1, 500.00 per annum will be charged per gymnasium.

No live music is covered under this tariff.

Tariff (COS-MS) Musical shows:

This annual tariff applies to the performance or communication to the public of music and sound recording provided by means of radio/television receiving sets, disc players, tape machines and similar devices in “musical shows” staged in theatres, halls, stadia, auditoriums and other premises.

Musical shows may mean any theatrical presentation, variety show, singing show/competition, pantomime or other show or entertainment involving the performance/ communication of music.

A flat fee of P1,050 per show will be charged.

Tariff (COS-CS) Circus:

This tariff applies to the performance or communication to the public of music and sound recording at the Circus.

Number of attendants:

0 – 500
501 – 1000
1001 – 1500
1501 – 2000
2001 – 2500
2501 – 3000
3001 and above

Fee per day:

P150
P200
P250
P300
P350
P400
P450

Tariff (COS –AC) Aircraft:

This annual tariff applies to the performance or communication to the public of music and sound recordings provided by means of radio receiving sets, disc players, tape machines, video cassette players and similar devices in aircrafts.

i) A standard fee of P490 per annum will be applied per airplane; and

ii) An additional charge of P42.50 per seat per airplane per annum.

Tariff (COS-PT) Public Transport:

This annual tariff applies to the communication of music to the public by means of radio, cassette, CD, USB, MP3 or any other means in public service vehicles. The tariff is based on customer capacity plus number of vehicles. Customer capacity shall mean the maximum number of persons a vehicle can carry.

Buses:

Bus seating capacity:

40 – 59
60 and above

Fee per vehicle per annum:

P600
P800

Mini buses:

Mini bus seating capacity:

4 – 7 seater
8 – 14 seater
15 – 20 seater:
21 – 25 seater:
26 seater and above

Fee per vehicle per annum:

P45
P80
P130
P240
P350

Train:

i) A standard fee of P250 per annum will be applied per train; and

ii) An additional charge of P22.50 per seat per train per annum.

Tariff (COS-CG) Casinos and other gaming establishments:

This annual tariff applies to the performance of recorded music as background music at premises where the main consideration of admission is gaming.

This TARIFF does not apply to cafes, bars, restaurants, etc., included in or attached to establishments.

To such premises the appropriate tariffs will be applied.

The license fees are calculated by reference to customer capacity. Customer capacity shall mean the maximum number of persons which could under normal circumstances be accommodated in the room where music is audible.

Seating capacity:

Below 30:
30 to 39:
40 to 59:
Above 60:

Fee per annum:

P800
P1,200
P1,200
P2,500

Where there is no seating arrangement, a flat fee of P1,575 per annum shall apply.

Tariff (COS-OBHR) Offices, Banks, Hospitals, Reception Areas and similar:

This annual tariff applies to the performance or communication to the public of music and sound recordings in offices, banking halls, reception areas and similar premises. This tariff applies to the performance or communication to the public of music or sound recordings at said premises as background music.

Music audible to members of the public in reception areas

Floor space in square meters:

0 – 100
101 – 200
201 and above

Fee per annum:

P1,150
P1,950
P2,150

Music audible to employees in their offices

Number of employees:

0 – 50
51 – 200
201 – 500
Above 500

Fee per annum:

P800
P1,200
P1,700
P2,300

Music audible to members of the public in hospital wards:

A fixed fee of P15 per room/cubicle per hospital ward per annum shall apply.

The license fees are calculated by reference to the floor space in which the music is rendered audible and the number of employees to whom the music is audible.

Floor space shall mean the whole area from wall to wall of the whole of that part of the premises to which the public are admitted and in which the music is audible.

The background music may be performed by means of a disc player, tape machine, other devices for playing music, and includes performance by means of a radio and/ or television set or diffusion loudspeakers, WHETHER THE APPARATUS IS OWNED BY THE EMPLOYER OR EMPLOYEE(S).

This Tariff does not apply to cafes, tearooms, restaurants, etc., included in or attached to the said premises. For such premises the appropriate tariffs will be applied.

Approval and review:

These tariffs have been approved by the Copyright Office, to ensure the protection of the interests of the members of the Society in the field of music. .

Please download our PDF form for more detailed information:

Please take note that by downloading this form you will be able to print and sign the document, the user can scan the document and upload it to complete the application process.

Please download our PDF form for more detailed information:

Please take note that by downloading this form you will be able to print and sign the document, the user can scan the document and upload it to complete the application process.

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