You are responsible for collecting mechanical and public performance royalties generated by your releases, and ensuring that your collaborators receive their share of those royalties.
Copyright in music is complicated, and we have provided some information to help you collect the royalties you may be entitled to. However, we do not provide legal advice, and you may need to consult a qualified attorney in your area for more information about copyright and your work.
To collect your public performance royalties from music streaming services, you should register your compositions with a performing rights organization (PRO) or collection society in your country. These entities typically have reciprocal arrangements with other PROs or societies outside of your country that may allow for the collection of royalties for licensed uses of your releases in the country of the applicable PRO or society. You can also enter into an agreement with a publisher to administer those rights on your behalf.
In the U.S., to collect your mechanical royalties you can register with a licensing and administration company such as Music Reports Inc. (MRI) or The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. to submit your publishing information for registration and collection. You can also enter into an agreement with a publisher to administer those rights on your behalf. In the U.S., for permanent digital downloads, mechanical royalties will be included in the payments we make to you, and you are responsible for ensuring that your collaborators receive their share of those royalties. If you want to collect mechanical royalties for international uses of your releases, you may be best served by entering into an agreement with a publisher in your home country that has international sub-publishing relationships.