Ecad (Central Bureau for Collection and Distribution) is a non-profit private
institution, created by Law No. 5988/73 and confirmed by Federal Laws 9610/98 and 12853/13.
The main purpose of Ecad is to centralize collection and distribution of music
copyrights and public performance rights. With a professional team of managers,
the activities of the institution have gained recognition, and the Ecad is
regarded as a reference in the area. Furthermore, it owns one of the most
modern collection and distribution arrangements in terms of music copyrights
Ecad is administered by nine music associations, representing thousands of national and international right-owners of musical works (composers, performers, musicians, publishers and phonogram producers, that are members of those associations. Ecad also has broad coverage throughout Brazil, with its headquarters in the city of Rio de Janeiro, 32 collection units in
the main cities and regions in the country, 883 members of staff, 46 outsourced
attorney offices and approximately 84 accredited agencies, that carry out
their activities in the hinterland.
control of the information received is made through a completely centralized
and computerized system. In addition to the registry of thousands of different
right-owners, 4,6 million musical works and 1,7 million phonograms are also
registered, which account for all the versions registered for each song. The figures
involved represent approximately 85 thousand bank slips that are sent every month
for collecting copyrights from users of musical works, which are publicly known
as “music users”, totaling 483 thousand in the Ecad´s registration system.
the last five years, distribution of copyrights grew 153%, for the advantage
of composers and artists. These figures are the result of successful collection
strategies, such as awareness campaigns among music users, the increase of the
capillarity of Ecad in the country, a stronger presence in the recovery of bad
debts, in addition to new agreements with users from big networks. Technological
education was also one of the main reasons to achieve collection and
distribution records of copyrights. In the last five years, Ecad invested more
than R$ 20 million in technological solutions, developed by its own Information
Technology team, contributing to the efficiency and dynamism of activities in
all the areas of the institution.
structure and the investment in technology, process improvement, team
qualification and communication were determinant for the granting of recognition and prizes awarded to Ecad
in Brazil, which was seen as one of the most advanced countries in terms of
distribution of copyrights resulting from the public performance of music.