Music Royalties

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What Are Music Royalties?

U.S. copyright laws give all songwriters exclusive rights to their work. Music royalties are a percentage of gross or net profit or a fixed amount per sale or use to which a creator of a work is entitled. Royalties are determined by contract between the creator and distributor.

What Are the Different Types of Music Royalties?

There are 4 different types of music royalties paid to songwriters:

Who Gets What?

Songwriters and publishers get the bulk of royalties. For instance, every time a song plays on the radio, the songwriter and publisher are getting a fixed amount for the use from the record company.

A musical performer usually gets royalties from the sale of their recordings on CDs and tapes. This practice is based on copyright law and the fact that radio play generates more sales for the music performer.

What Can You Do if You are in Negotiations for Music Royalties or Have a Dispute about Music Royalties?

Entertainment law is complex and can be overwhelming. Hiring an experienced entertainment lawyer will help assure that you get fair compensation for your work.

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Last Modified: 09-04-2017 11:50 PM PDT

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