Nuovo IMAIE, Institute that protects Performing Artists’ rights, was established on July 12, 2010, by effect of art. 7 of law 100/10 “Provisions regarding the Istituto Mutualistico Artistico Interpreti Esecutori”. The role and functions entrusted to IMAIE until July 14, 2009, date in which it was declared extinct by decree of the Rome Prefect, have been transferred to Nuovo IMAIE.
In compliance with what established by the law, Nuovo IMAIE was founded by artists of the music and audiovisual areas: Luis Enrique Bacalov, Claudio Baglioni, Lino Banfi, Enzo De Caro, Massimo Di Cataldo, Marco Masini, Andrea Roncato, Edoardo Siravo, Luca Zingaretti, assisted by the trade union category organizations mostly represented at a national level and by associations of performing artists that number among their members at least 200 professional performing artists.
Nuovo IMAIE is the Institute for the collective management of Performing Artists’ intellectual property rights. Its task is to collect and distribute rights due to actors, singers, musicians, orchestra and choir conductors, deriving from the use of their recorded works.
The term “performing artists” refers to artists that carried out activities indicated in paragraph 1 of art. 80 of law n. 633, April 22, 1941, (Actors, singers, musicians, dancers and other persons who play, sing, recite or perform in any manner, intellectual works, whether protected or in the public domain, shall be considered performers.) Right holders are those that fall in the definition of art. 82 of the same law “for the application of the foregoing provisions the definition of performers shall include: a) persons who, in the performance of any dramatic, literary or musical work or composition, play significant artistic part, even if in a supporting role; b) the conductors of an orchestra or choir; c) the orchestras or choirs, provided that the orchestral or choral part of the performance has artistic value in itself and is not a mere accompaniment”.
The Institute operates under the joint vigilance of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies that approve the statute and any future amendment, as well as all other regulations implemented by the Institute.
It negotiates performers’ remuneration through agreements with all possible users. Through reciprocity agreements with homologous Institutes in other Countries it collects rights accrued in foreign countries by Italian artists and distributes to foreign artists rights accrued in Italy. It protects Performing Artists within the international sphere by adopting norms and policies to support intellectual property rights and to oppose any form of illegality.
In compliance with the law, the Institute must carry out activities of study and research, as well as promotion, professional training and support of artists.
Presently Nuovo IMAIE, acting in the interests of all right holders, is about to be recognized as a non-profit Body to assert the full respect of the interested categories personality.