|Performing Rights License
Why and where is a performing rights license needed? A performing rights license is issued through a Performing Rights Organization (PRO) for many different reasons. A performing rights license can be attained from one of over 200 PROs around the globe giving users the legal ability to publicly perform non-dramatic music (for a fee).
Performing rights licenses are necessary so copyright holders can be paid performing rights royalties (through the specific PRO). Musical works that are performed on radio, television, and other public venues are legally aired or performed through a performing rights license.
Typically, a performing rights license is monitored by PROs by use of a cue sheet that keeps track of individual works used in public performances (e.g., radio, TV, film, concert, etc.). Performing rights licenses are usually paid for by broadcasters.
Performing rights licenses are often issued by major Performing Rights Organizations, including ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), BMI (Broadcasting Music, Inc.) and SESAC (formerly known as the Society of European Stage Authors & Composers).
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