FAQ / What do you mean by public performance rights or performing rights?
Permission to publicly perform a song must be obtained from the copyright holder or a collective rights organization. In the United States, broadcasters can pay for their use of music in one of two ways: they can obtain permission/license directly from the music’s copyright owner (usually the publisher), or they can obtain a license from ASCAP, BMI and SESAC to use all of the music in their repertoires. ASCAP, BMI and SESAC are the three performing rights societies in the U.S. and once they receive payment from the broadcasters they are responsible for compensating the music authors and publisher. Nearly every professional composer, songwriter, lyricist and publisher should be a member of a performing rights society because the income received from these societies should be a major source of their income.
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