Dutch neighboring rights collecting society SENA won't receive millions of euros it had been counting on.

Interim CEO Cees van Steijn blames SENA's billing policy. "From 2006 onwards bills representing a cumulative sum of around €40 million ($52 million) have been sent to tens of thousands of companies, that were presumed to be publishing music," he says. "But 75% of them filed a complaint about this, most of them rightfully so."

As a consequence Van Steijn expects SENA won't collect the greater part of this projected sum in 2010. But he stresses that the setback has no immediate consequences for right holders it represents (performers and record companies).

"SENA's goal was to collect a much larger sum this year than last year's €63 million ($82 million)," he says. "Although we won't make that target, we still expect to pay out about the same amount as in 2009." The position of collections beyond 2010 is unclear, however.

The SENA board, consisting of four delegates of the section Performers and four of the section Producers, and led by prominent former politician Ed Nijpels, has indicated it feels responsible for the situation, according to the interim CEO. "They appointed me to make a clean sweep and will give up their positions at the next annual meeting, in June 2011," said Ven Steijn. That doesn't guarantee they won't stand for re-election, but Van Steijn expects most of them to stand down permanently.