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Print rights

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What are print rights?

Print rights mean the rights to reproduce and distribute a musical work on sheet music.

What are print rights?

In the music industry, print rights are the rights to transcribe a including its lyrics on , typically in the form of music notes, scores, bars, text, and annotations, and to distribute sheet music and lyrics in physical and digital formats.

Print rights include the right of , right of and sometimes additional rights required by the intended use of the sheet music or lyrics.

Explore our page on Rights in Musical Works to find out more.

Who owns print rights?

Print rights are owned by and between the of the musical work. Songwriters may also share their print right split with their .

Print rights may be managed by individual songwriters, music publishers, or Reproduction Rights Organizations (RROs), which are a type of .

Visit our page on CMOs to learn more.

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