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Old 08-25-2014, 05:42 PM   #1
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hello i understand performance royalties are collected by ASCAP, BMI or SESAC

can someone explain about mechanical royalties, what exactly they are and who collects them, and how they work in general (in the digital world)
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Old 08-25-2014, 05:59 PM   #2
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i understand performance royalties are collected by ASCAP, BMI or SESAC
Yes, that's correct. Assuming that you are in the United States as other countries have their own agency. The agencies normally collect royalties worldwide, but there are exceptions. For instance, SOCAN here in Canada doesn't collect in the US. When you join SOCAN, they ask you to choose one of the US agencies to represent you. (I went with BMI).

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can someone explain about mechanical royalties, what exactly they are and who collects them, and how they work in general (in the digital world)
In the US, one way is to contact the Harry Fox Agency. The issue mechanical licenses for cover songs, which grant the licensee the right to so many downloads or CD sales. It is very affordable.
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:19 PM   #3
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HarryFox.com.


The mechanical license applies to hard copies or downloads. (It covers the words & music, not the recording.) In the U.S., it's a mandatory license which means you can record & distribute a cover version of any published song as long as you pay about 9 cents per copy distributed.

There is no mandatory license for use in movies or TV, so the rights & fees have to be negotiated.

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