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Hi,

I would like to know more about Rights... let say if author is not from my country how the process going when collecting payment/royalties....Do the author need to apply as a member in my country or if affiliated what are the process going through...

thanks in advance

ZuLz

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In essence the author registers with a collection agency, and registers their songs too, which includes any ISRC codes (unique codes identifying recordings). Collection agencies then do the international collection of royalties from performance etc. You can register specifically with royalties collection agencies in other countries but I don't think there is any real advantage in this unless the collection agency you are registered with doesn't have an affiliation in that country.

Agencies have partner / aflliate agencies in other countries and essentially the foreign territory agency collects on their behalf and then sends the money to the agency you registered with.

Income comes from several streams as a songwriter. Some is dependent on coming from organizations you have a contract with, such as publishers or record company. Have a look at the music business articles on Songstuff to help too :)

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Try contacting the Harry Fox agency in New York. Very easy to deal with on line, and they will pick up the phone. They will tell you what you need to do.

Basically, register the songs with them and they will collect your royalties, provided they agree to represent you, which, they probably will.

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