The Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre (CIAPC), situated in Helsinki, was established in 1979 to fight phonogram piracy. Over the years, CIAPC’s operation has expanded to cover a wider range of the creative industries. In 2004, it became a registered association.
CIAPC is a non-profit association that is financed by its member associations (see below) as well as the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture (http://www.minedu.fi/).
CIAPC’s mission is to monitor and improve the general and common interests of its member associations by working against the infringement of their copyrights. Through the centralized surveillance of both the physical market and the Internet, CIAPC aims to prevent the production, distribution and import of unauthorized copies and recordings and put a stop to other acts that infringe copyright legislation.
CIAPC follows the domestic and international development of judicial conditions and legislation, makes proposals and statements, keeps contact with the media, supports Finnish law enforcement agencies and handles actual infringement cases.
CIAPC also functions as a general information centre on copyright issues through the production and distribution of brochures and teaching material and by organizing education on the topic at schools and conventions. In 2010, CIAPC visited 31 schools all over the country, reaching thousands of students from all grade levels. The visits were done in collaboration with Finnish musicians, authors or other representatives of the creative industries.
In short, the objectives of CIAPC can be divided into four main categories:
- centralized surveillance of both the physical market and the Internet
- supporting law enforcement and handling of actual infringement cases
- education on copyright
- production and distribution of information on copyright
CIAPC participates in the anti-piracy programs of the international organization of record companies, the International Federation of Phonographic Industry (http://www.ifpi.org/).
Benefits of the Structure
CIAPC represents its member associations consisting of various Finnish right holder groups in the field of music, literature and audiovisual industries. Due to the fact that all relevant associations take part in the cooperation, CIAPC is able to represent all the relevant right holders in a copyright infringement case.
The police, prosecutors and Finnish Customs can easily cooperate with CIAPC, which takes care of the often difficult clearance of infringed rights in a particular case. In addition, CIAPC offers its expertise to the authorities in identifying goods suspected of infringement.
In a relatively small market like Finland, there is no need to have separate anti-piracy organizations for each industry. A joint anti-piracy association benefits all parties involved by reducing costs, coordinating more efficient anti-piracy strategies and giving authorities an effective point of contact.
- The Finnish Film Distributors Association (www.filmikamari.fi)
- The Central Organization of Finnish Film Producers (www.filmikamari.fi)
- IFPI Finland (www.ifpi.fi)
- The Finnish Composers' Copyright Bureau Teosto (www.teosto.fi)
- Gramex, Copyright Society of Finnish Performing Artists and Phonogram Producers (www.gramex.fi)
- The Finnish Musicians' Union (www.muusikkojenliitto.fi)
- Kopiosto, Joint Copyright Organization (www.kopiosto.fi)
- Tuotos, Copyright association for audiovisual producers in Finland (www.tuotos.fi)
- SATU, Association of Independent Producers in Finland (www.satu.fi)
- Elvis ry - The Guild of Light Music Composers and Authors in Finland (www.elvisry.fi)
- The Finnish Music Publishers Association (www.musiikkikustantajat.fi)
- Sanasto ry - Copyright Society of Literary Copyright Holders (www.sanasto.fi)
- MTV Oy (www.mtv3.fi)
- YLE - Finnish Broadcasting Company (www.yle.fi)
- Sanoma Media Finland Oy (www.sanoma.fi)