The United States, France and Italy contributed the most international authors rights to the 86,000 members of Spain's collecting society SGAE in 2006, the group's international department revealed Sunday (Jan. 21) at the Midem trade fair in Cannes, France.

International rights totaled €24.6 million ($32 million), an increase of 1.95% over 2005. Of this, €4.3 million ($5.6 million) corresponded to the United States, followed by €3.75 million ($4.8 million) for France and €2.16 million ($2.8 million) for Italy. Argentina's rights to SGAE members experienced a growth of 24.9% to €2.12 million ($2.75 million), the largest boost this year, and helped the country climb one slot to No. 4.

Two large markets whose standings fell were Germany (from 3rd to 7th at 1.8 million or $2.3 million) and the United Kingdom (from 7th to 9th at 890,000 or $1.15 million). Other top 10 markets for SGAE were Mexico (5th), The Netherlands (6th), Portugal (8th), and Japan (10th). The SGAE is the world's 5th largest collecting society, and the largest in the Latin sector.