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In the United States and in most foreign countries, the “performance right” is one of the most important rights of copyright and, in many cases, the most lucrative. In the United States, there is no statutory license under the Copyright Act for this right. Songwriters, composers, lyricists (jointly “writers”) and music publishers join these organizations, which in turn negotiate licenses with the users of music, collect the license fees from those users and distribute the monies to writers and publishers based on surveys of performances, specific payment schedules and distribution rules, as well as other factors.
This article is Part Two of a two-part article. Part One appeared in our March 2023 issue (see, https://bit.ly/3ZcchD7).
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