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Performing Rights Organizations

Celebrating ASCAP at 100

ASCAP hit its 100-year milestone on February 13th. For an entire century, the leading U.S. performing rights organization has made it possible for American songwriters, composers and music publishers, who create the music the world loves, to thrive alongside the businesses that use their work. As it approaches its birthday, The American Society of Composers, […]Read More »

Download Performer's FREE Legal Guide to the Music Business

Performer‘s committed to bringing you the most useful advice when it comes to your career. That’s why we’re bringing you the second installment in our FREE industry guides – quick PDFs jam-packed with an insane amount of info that you can actually use. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD. These guides are meant to be handy reference […]Read More »

Get Paid Your Digital Download Royalties

WHEN RECORD LABELS STARTED SELLING THEIR CATALOGUES AS DIGITAL downloads through online services (iTunes, Rhapsody, etc), a critical issue emerged regarding artist compensation: What percentage should be paid by labels to artists for songs and albums downloaded through digital content providers?  Labels took the position that the percentage for downloads should be the same as […]Read More »

Canadian Supreme Court Issues New Musical Copyright Rulings

On Thursday, July 12, Canada’s Supreme Court issued five rulings regarding existing or proposed tariffs issued by the Copyright Board under the Copyright Act, four of which directly dealt with music copyright law. The decisions concerned music downloading and streaming, film and T.V. soundtracks, and the distribution of video games on the internet. Overall, the […]Read More »

Legal Pad: Recording Covers & Mechanical Licenses

The compulsory mechanical license is a mechanism that allows anyone to record and distribute your composition (or allow you to make a cover of someone else’s work).  There are several requirements and conditions that you need to know about regarding covers and the compulsory license: Legal Background: As in many facets of the recording industry, […]Read More »