During the 60's...
During the 60s it became apparent that individual teachers' need for copying from books, newspapers and periodicals and other literary and artistic works could not be satisfied within the framework of the Swedish copyright law and that illegal copying was prevalent.
All parties – publishers, authors and the Government (representing the educational system) – found that they had a common interest in settling the issue by agreement. To obtain consent from the owner of the right in every single case was of course, for practical purposes, impossible.
In 1973, after certain statistical studies, the parties reached an agreement according to which copying in schools was regulated. All parties concerned with copyright – authors, composers, photographers, draughtsmen, book and music publishers, the press and journalists – participated in forming the agreement. Through this agreement on reprography, remuneration for reproduction was granted authors and editors. Furthermore the agreement regulated the extent to which such reproduction would be allowed. The agreement was the first of its kind in the world.
BONUS – (Pictures, Words, Printed Music – Joint Copyright Organisation) was now formed with the purpose to manage the member organisations rights collectively.
Presskopia was formed in 1982 by the organisations in the newspaper and the periodical sectors. There was a great demand for an agreement on copying from both the business sector and the public administration.
In 1996 the organisations in the pictorial sector joined. The main task has been to license the right to reproduction of articles in newspapers and periodicals for internal use within companies, organisations and authorities.
From January 1st 1999 BONUS and Presskopia have merged to one organisation, Bonus Presskopia, which now licences both the educational and the business sector.