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Mechanical rights

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What are mechanical rights?

Mechanical rights mean the right to reproduce and distribute a musical work.

What are mechanical rights?

Mechanical rights is the music business term for the right of and sometimes to get paid when a is copied and distributed, whether as a or online through interactive streaming or downloading.

Under , mechanical rights include the and the . Both are in protected .

Explore more on our page on Rights in Musical Works.

Who has mechanical rights?

Mechanical rights are owned by and between the of the musical work, typically the . Songwriters may also share their mechanical rights split with .

Visit our pages on Songwriter Splits and Music Publishers to learn more.

In most countries, mechanical rights are managed by called Mechanical Rights Organisations (MRO), who grant licenses to sound recording manufacturers and . These organizations pay to songwriters and music publishers.

Visit our page on CMOs to learn more.


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