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ROYALTY COLLECTION

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Protect & Collect Royalties Globally

The Two Sides Of A Song

A song in the music industry comprises two main components, often referred to as "sides."

  1. Composition Side: Represents the lyrics and melody of a song, owned by the songwriter and their music publisher.

  2. Sound Recording Side: Refers to the specific recorded version of a song, owned by the performing artist and their record label.

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PUBLISHING RIGHTS

Publishing rights, in the context of music, refer to the rights related to the composition side of a song, including the music itself and the lyrics. These rights are held by the songwriter and the publisher they work with. These rights provide the owners with the ability to earn money whenever their compositions are performed, reproduced, sold, broadcasted, or streamed online.

Publishing royalties are typically collected and distributed by performing rights organizations (PROs), mechanical rights organizations, and other collective management organizations (CMOs). These entities monitor and collect royalties from various sources such as radio broadcasts, live performances, TV, digital platforms (like Spotify, Apple Music), and more.

SOMNIA PUBLISHING cooperates with BUMA-Stemra to collect mechanical and performance royalties. When a song is played or copied, BUMA-Stemra collects the royalties and passes them to SOMNIA PUBLISHING, who then pays the rights holders.

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MASTER RIGHTS

Master rights, in the context of music, refer to the rights related to the recording of a song. This is the actual studio recording and is typically owned by the record label or the artist who financed the recording.

The royalties related to master rights (also called neighboring rights) are usually collected by collective management organizations (CMOs), such as PPL in the UK or SoundExchange in the U.S. These organizations collect royalties from various sources such as radio broadcasts, public performances, digital streaming platforms, and more, and then distribute them to the rights holders.

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NEIGHBORING RIGHTS

Neighbouring rights, also known as related rights, are rights that neighboring or related to the copyright in a musical work. They are specifically related to the right to publicly perform, or broadcast, a phonogram (a sound recording). In simpler terms, they are the rights of the performers (e.g., musicians, singers) and the producers (usually, record companies) in the recordings of their performances.

Neighbouring rights royalties are typically collected by collective management organizations (CMOs) or performance rights organizations (PROs) such as SoundExchange in the U.S., PPL in the U.K., or SENA in the Netherlands.

 

These organizations collect royalties from various sources like radio stations, television channels, digital streaming platforms, and other public performances of sound recordings, and then distribute these royalties to the performers and producers.

SOMNIA PUBLISHING also works with Sena, which handles neighbouring rights royalties. When a song recording is played in public, Sena collects the royalties and works with SOMNIA PUBLISHING to ensure the performers and producers they represent receive their fair share.

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