The fact that a copyright holder may face to countless users of his work can make impossible an individual collection of royalties. Therefore, the individual use of rights is in certain fields replaced by an administration of collecting societies. The copyright holders can assign their rights or some of their rights to said collecting societies. Some claims of remuneration may only be asserted by approved collecting societies. In Switzerland there are five approved collecting societies and one clearing center for multimedia and internet (SMCC).

 

Neither original nor individual? The Obergericht of Zurich denied copyright protection to this sofa in December 2001
(Source: sic! 2002, 342).