What are Neighboring Rights ?
Neighboring Rights are the rights of performers and makers of sound recordings to be paid fairly for the broadcast and public performance of their works. Neighboring rights were enacted post 1996 and amended to the Copyright Act. The maker of a sound recording is defined in the Copyright Act as the person who makes arrangements for the first fixation of the sounds, including entering into contracts with performers, and making financial and technical arrangements. Neighboring Rights bypasses both composer and author; it addresses the contributions to a recording from session players, singers, performers and record companies.
How can I go about receiving my Neighboring Rights?
Simply contact us and we will provide you with the appropriate application and our specialists will do the rest. We have representation in practically every major territory of the world for these royalties. Neighboring Rights societies, unlike ASCAP, BMI, SACEM etc., rarely communicate information to sister societies, hence making it difficult to have one society do the work of collecting your royalties globally. In fact most societies will request that YOU fill out and complete YOUR entire repertoire to their database, WE on the other hand, will work for you. We will represent your interests around the world (try Globally, or Internationally here instead of atw) and collect all that is yours. This includes rectifying improperly implemented metadata.
What is the difference between SESAC, ASCAP, BMI, SOCAN and Neighboring Rights?
ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers) are responsible for administering the rights of composers, authors and music publishers while the Neighboring Rights societies are responsible for administering the rights of the performers and makers or master owners of sound recordings.
How do you collect my revenues?
We collect revenues from many sources including societies, record stores, restaurants, theatres, clubs, pubs, radio stations and hotels, as well as Satellite radio services (Sirius-XM), Cable and Satellite TV transmissions, subscription services (DMX, Music Choice and Muzak), etc. All payments are split between performers and record labels. We also collect on blank audio levies and Private Copying, this was created to receive and re-distribute private copying tariff revenues. Manufacturers and importers of blank audio recording media are responsible for paying the private copying levy.
Who is eligible to receive Neighboring Rights payments?
The Copyright Act details the conditions of eligibility for Neighboring Rights. Essentially, a sound recording is eligible if its maker is an individual who is a citizen or permanent resident of a qualifying country or of a Rome Convention country (see below), or if the maker’s corporation is headquartered in a qualifying country or in a Rome Convention country, or if all the fixations for the sound recording occurred in a qualifying country or a Rome Convention country. The Qualifying Rome Convention countries are: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Moldova (Republic of), Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (The former), Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam. The most significant absentee in this treaty is the United States of America, however we do our utmost and do collect for all American citizens. A performer’s Neighboring Rights are dependent on the eligibility of the sound recording. If a sound recording is eligible, then so are the performers, regardless of the nationality or country of residence.