In the framework of its responsibilities, the Hellenic Copyright Organization:

  • undertakes law preparatory activities
  • represents Greece before the competent international organizations and the Instruments of the European Union
  • trains and informs judges, lawyers, administrative personnel, authors, rightholders of related rights and students
  • supervises and inspects Collecting Societies and Collective Protection Societies
  • submits recommendations to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism regarding the legality of the statement and the Regulation of Collecting Societies and other issues provided in paragraphs 4 and 5 of article 54 of Law 2121/1993 (art. 2, Presidential Decree 311/1994)
  • submits a semi-annual recommendation to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism on issues pertaining to the supervision of the Collecting Societies (art. 2, Presidential Decree 311/1994)
  • receives statutory statements of Law 1599/1986 from debtors, i.e. importers or producers of the items stated in art. 18 para. 3 of Law 2121/1993, whenever requested by a Collecting Society. These statutory statements include the following: a) the total value of the audio, video or audio and video media, the audio, video or audio and video reproduction materials, the photocopiers, the photocopying paper, the personal computers or other equipment, which are used for the reproduction of work based on the aforementioned and which, in each case, were imported or distributed (or sold) by this person and b) a confirmation that this is the true total value without omissions. The debtor must submit the aforementioned statutory statement to the Hellenic Copyright Organization - signed by the debtor himself, when it is a personal business, or by the representative appointed in the Articles of Association, when it is a company (art. 18 para. 4 of Law 2121/1993) - within one (1) month from the date the debtor is relevantly notified
  • appoints chartered accountants, if this is requested by any Collecting Society and at the expense of the latter, to examine the accuracy of the content of any statutory statement. The report of the chartered accountant is submitted to OPI and each Collecting Society is entitled to receive a copy (art. 18 para. 8 of Law 2121/1993)
  • Determines, by its own resolution, the collection and payment method, as well as any other relevant detail, for the allocation of the equitable remuneration percentages, stated in art. 18, to the Collecting Societies of each category or subcategory of rightholders, in case there is more than one Collecting Society in the same category or subcategory of rightholders and no agreement on the allocation of the equitable remuneration percentage has been reached by April 1st of each year. OPI’s resolution is shaped by the opinion of the interested Collecting Societies, good faith, moral conventions and the practices followed on international and community level. The Collecting Societies that disagree with the decision of OPI, can ask the One-Member Court of First Instance to determine a different allocation, in accordance with the restraining order procedure. However, the debtors must pay to the Collecting Societies the equitable remuneration based on the resolution of OPI. This payment entails repayment and redeeming (art. 18, para. 11 of Law 2121/1993)
  • prepares a list of mediators every two years, which is drawn up based on the suggestions of the Collecting Societies and the cable operators. When no agreement for the approval of a program’s cable broadcasting has been reached, the mediators can submit their suggestions to the interested parties, when requested to do so (art. 35 para. 4 of Law 2121/1993)
  • can submit a recommendation to the Minister of Culture proposing the provisional or permanent revocation of a Collecting Society’s operation, in the event of serious violation or repeated violations of the law or the regulation and in particular, if the conditions of art. 54 para. 4, on the basis of which the Collecting Society was granted the license to operate, are not met (art. 54, para. 9 of Law 2121/1993)
  • drafts a list of arbitrators every two years, taking obligatorily into account the opinion of the Collecting Societies and the users alike. The arbitration procedure is followed for any dispute between Collecting Societies and users in regard to the fee that the user has to pay to the Collecting Society (art. 56, para. 5 of Law 2121/1993)
  • informs the rightholders of copyright and related rights about the violations of the copyright law that are established and forwarded to OPI by the Special Control Service (YPEE), the Police and the Customs Authorities and for which violations administrative penalties are imposed (see new art. 65A para. 4 of Law 2121/1993)
  • drafts a list of mediatiors, who - when consulted by the rightholders or the third parties that benefit from the following exceptions - can provide their services in case the rightholders do not take voluntary measures. These voluntary measures, including the agreements between rightholders and third parties that benefit from the exceptions, provide the parties benefiting from the exceptions regarding reproduction for private use (art. 18), reproduction for teaching purposes (art. 21), reproduction by libraries and archives (art. 22), reproduction for judicial or administrative purposes (art. 24) and reproduction for the benefit of Blind and Deaf-mute (art. 28 A), with the means to benefit from the aforementioned exceptions wherever necessary, insofar as they have legal access to the protected work or object (art. 66A para. 4 of Law 2121/1993)
  • constitutes the national correspondent for the rights under law 2121/1993, according to art. 66D of Law 2121/1993, and, in particular, for the codes of ethics that the business or professional associations concerned and the Collecting Societies or Collective Protection Societies alike must draw up for the purpose of contributing to the enforcement of the rights provided by the law, on national, community or international level, especially by recommending the use of a code on optical disks in order to determine their origin of manufacture. These codes of conduct, and any evaluation of their application, are forwarded to the European Union Committee (art. 66D of Law 2121/1993)