Copying is not a game

Auvibel is a Belgian company in charge of collecting and distributing the remuneration for the private copying of protected works. Private copying or ‘copying for private use’ – is an exception to copyright that allows protected works to be copied without the prior consent of authors, artists, producers or publishers.



General Management Auvibel : retirement of François Stroobant

Mr. François Stroobant, Managing Director of Auvibel, retired on 5 March 2021.

Auvibel would like to thank him for his unrelenting commitment and for all the work that he accomplished, which has contributed to making Auvibel into the company that it is today. In perfect accordance with the legal framework for copyright and private copying in particular, François Stroobant led many a battle through dialogue, persuasion and reasoning to accomplish his mission, namely, the enabling of the compensation of the rightholders : authors, producers, publishers and artists.

The sector is grateful to him for all of his efforts.

The Auvibel team would also like to thank François in particular for his good management of the staff, continuously aware of the wellbeing of each and every one of them and always ensuring that the best working conditions were in place.

Mr. François Stroobant confidently passed the torch to Mrs Annemie Maes, Managing Director on duty, who, surrounded by her team, will carry on his efforts, in order to do everything within Auvibel’s power to face the many challenges of the world of private copying in support of the cultural sector which is in great difficulty today and to improve upon its conditions.

We wish François all the best and that he may continue his journey with a wonderful new chapter in his life.

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Auvibel wishes you happy holidays!

Our offices will be closed from December 24 to January 3. We will be available again by telephone from  January 4. For urgent matters, you can send us a message via our website or by e-mail. We wish you happy holidays!

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