When Stim distributes revenue to music makers and music publishers, we sometime use what is called an analogy.
When STIM collects money and distributes it back to the rights holders we want to make sure that as much of it as possible is sent to the rights holder whose music has been played. To do this we need reports of which music has been played where. When we have collected money but lack the reports we need a method to distribute the funds. The analogy is our way of doing a qualified guess and it's the standard procedure in societies like STIM all over the world.
How does it work?
We base the distribution of revenue on information from a nearby music area or song lists from music sources used by Stim's customers.
For example, the analogy can be used to distribute Stim's revenue from a restaurant that plays music every day. The restaurant usually does not submit a music report, so we can not accurately know which songs were played. In order to make an assumtion as representative as possible, Stim looks into which music source is used in the restaurant. If it turns out that the music source is radio and the channel being played is Mix Megapol, Stim can use playlists from Mix Megapol and distribute the revenues from the restaurant based on the songs played in Mix Megapol.