French artists' and performers' rights societies Adami and Spedidam have today agreed to form a strategic alliance to manage the collection and distribution of royalties to their members through one s

French artists' and performers' rights societies Adami and Spedidam have today agreed to form a strategic alliance to manage the collection and distribution of royalties to their members through one single organization.

The agreement puts to an end a 17-year conflict between the two societies. Adami and Spedidam were in dispute over the split of royalties between artists performers and musicians.

According to the agreement, the two organizations will consolidate their collection, processing and payment operations by 2006 through a common society.

For the time being, both Adami and Spedidam will continue to exist as separate entities, managing their own legal, international and artistic affairs. It has not been rule out that, in the long term, both societies could merge entirely.

Adami comprises 20,000 members, mainly from the musician community (generally solo artists), and from professionals in theater, television and cinema. Spedidam's 25,000 members are solely from the music sector, and are generally musicians in groups such as orchestras or ballets.

The bulk of revenues from both societies comes from the blank tape levy and broadcasting rights.

Adami president Pierre Santini says that from now on artists and performers "will rediscover the unity they should never have lost. They can now together face the difficult coming battles over the defence of their rights in the digital age."