BIEM, created in 1929, is an international organization gathering 52 Mechanical Rights Societies (Members) operating in 56 territories (a list of our Members is available at www.biem.org). Our Members are administering recording and mechanical rights of protected musical works, with a view to the efficient administration of those rights. They license the reproduction of songs (including musical, literary and dramatic works). Their members are composers, authors and publishers and their clients are record companies and other users of recorded music. They also license mechanical aspects of the downloading of music via the Internet. BIEM negotiates a standard agreement with representatives of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) fixing the conditions for the use of the repertoire of its Members. BIEM's role is also to assist in technical collaboration between its member societies and to help in solving problems that arise between individual members.