One of the main tasks of collective societies is the collection and distribution of ROYALTIES for its members and their constituents.
The ROYALTIES are generated when a piece of visual artwork is reproduced in books, magazines, catalogs, posters, postcards, invitations, and commercial items or in any other way possible.
As soon as someone makes a reproduction of a piece of artwork and sells it to the public, is when there is a payment to the creator of the work, known as ROYALTIES.
For the SOMAAP to monitor and collect ROYALTIES for its members, requires very precise records on authors and their works. This documentation is even more valuable if the work belongs to a foreign repertoire, and that lets you know what Society sent quantities to be distributed. This is achieved through reciprocal agreements, which stipulate that each of the contracting companies should provide the list of its other partners and / or the portfolio it manages.
The collecting societies do not aim to generate profits on their own. They are managers whose role is to ensure fair receipts and deals that generate social benefits to their members. That's why companies deduct different amounts from the collected sums to cover their operating costs and welfare.