Russian Authors’ Society (RAO) is a non-governmental organization created by authors for copyright and intellectual property rights protection. The Statute of the Organization was registered in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on September 30th, 1993.
RAO administers property rights of authors and other right owners basing on relevant membership contracts and by virtue of state accreditation. Today RAO has over 26'000 membership contracts.
At the moment RAO signed 182 reciprocal representation contracts with 117 societies of 68 countries. As a result RAO represents interests of nearly all Russian authors and more than 2 million of foreign right owners. RAO is a CISAC member since 1993.