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The New Songwriter's Guide to Music Publishing, 3rd Edition by Randy Poe

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EIGHT

Performance Royalties

As I said in chapter three, one of the six exclusive rights of the copyright owner is the right to perform (or authorize others to perform) the copyrighted work publicly. Beginning with ASCAP in 1914, and later with BMI and SESAC, there are three performing rights societies that make sure the copyright owners of songs are paid performance royalties when those songs are performed in public.

Each of these three societies issues licenses to those companies and establishments that publicly perform (or allow others to publicly perform) music as a part of their business operations: radio and television stations, restaurants, nightclubs, dance halls, Web sites, and other venues and broadcasters. The licenses require these ...

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