Definition Edit

In connection with music, mechanical rights[1] (also called mechanical reproduction) are the rights to make and distribute a physical recording of the music,[2] such as on a CD. This is a right that originally resides with the songwriter composer at the moment of creation but, it is typically assigned to a music publisher.

Overview Edit

This right is subject to a statutory compulsory license that permits anyone else to record the work provided the statutory royalty is paid.[3] The Harry Fox Agency represents more than 20,000 American music publishers in the licensing of mechanical rights.

References Edit

  1. The term "mechanical" derives from the original means for reproduction which were mechanical rather than the electrical or electronic means prevalent today.
  2. These rights are provided in 17 U.S.C. §§106(1) and (3).
  3. 17 U.S.C. §115.

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