Neighboring Rights Royalties – Unclaimed Royalties

December 20, 2020
December 20, 2020

Neighboring Rights Royalties – Unclaimed Royalties

Neighboring rights royalties are a fast growing revenue stream and too many artists are unaware of what they are and how to claim them. This may be as the United States does not currently recognize neighboring rights for recordings created in the US.

These rights refer to the ability to publicly perform or broadcast a sound recording as opposed to a performing right. PROs such as ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC collect performing rights to compensate the publisher and composers/writers, but not neighbouring rights which compensate the master owner and the performers on a master recording.

Neighboring Rights Publishing Rights
Who Owns Neighboring rights deal with sound recordings. Record labels and performing artists own the rights to sound recordings. Publishing rights deal with musical compositions and songwriting. Publishers and composers/songwriters own those rights.
Who Collects Record labels and performing artists collect neighboring rights royalties. Composers/songwriters and publishers collect (performance royalties, mechanical royalties, etc.).
How Neighbouring rights collection societies PROs such as ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC
Examples Radio outside the US
Internet radio
Satellite radio e.g. Sirius XM
Cable TV music channels
TV
Clubs restaurants
Broadcast radio
TV stations
Cable radio
Nightclubs, hotels, discos, and other establishments

 

In the next post on the topic we will cover how to collect neighboring rights royalties.

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