In March 1918, Julian Tuwim, Jan Brzechwa, Antoni Słonimski, Anda Kitschman and over a dozen other theater and cabaret authors founded the first organization in Poland to protect authors' copyrights. At that time, Stanisław Ossorya-Brochocki, a journalist, man of theater and literature, became the head of The Society of Authors and Stage Composers ZAiKS. For over 100 years, our society has been and is managed by creators and for creators.
ZAiKS is the oldest and biggest collective copyright management organization in Poland. It gathers representatives of many fields of creativity (classical and popular music, poetry, prose, drama, lyrics, scripts, directing, choreography, photography, graphics and other visual arts, as well as science, journalism and architecture). And there are more and more sections for artists whose works cross old boundaries and divisions.
Our Society protects the works of both its members and authors who do not belong to ZAiKS, but have placed their works under its protection. We also manage the rights of foreign authors on the basis of reciprocal representation agreements. We are a member and co-founder of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), and a member of BIEM, an international organization that looks after musical works used on sound carriers. We also belong to GESAC, the European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers, representing the collective copyright management organizations of the countries of our continent.
We help authors receive full remuneration for the works they have created. And those who want to use their work are relieved of the obligation to search for the author of each work. And make it possible to use creative output in accordance with applicable law by granting a licence to use a work.
All this to support the development of Polish culture, broadly understood creativity and creative industries.