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Welcome to BIEM

Welcome to BIEM

BIEM is the international organisation representing mechanical rights societies. Mechanical rights societies exist in most countries. They license the reproduction of songs (including musical, literary and dramatic works). Their members are composers, authors and publishers and their clients are record companies and other users of recorded music. They also license mechanical aspects of the downloading of music via the Internet.   Every time a CD, audio cassette or LP containing protected musical works is made, the producers require a license from the owner of the works and they must pay royalties for each copy they manufacture and sell. 

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Spotify 'overpaid' rightowners

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Spotify 'overpaid' rightowners

Music Business | June, 21 2019 -  Spotify: We ‘overpaid’ songwriters and their publishers in 2018, and we would like our money back If you hadn’t noticed, tensions between the music publishing community and Spotify have taken a turn for the sour in recent months. This all began in March when Spotify,...

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BIEM & CISAC join forces

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BIEM & CISAC join forces

 BIEM CISAC PR | September 14, 2018 - CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) and BIEM, the international organisation representing mechanical rights societies, have announceda closer convergence across their operations. Link to the PR  

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Canada | SOCAN & SODRAC

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Canada | SOCAN & SODRAC

SOCAN & SODRAC PR | July 31,2018 - Both organizations annouced today that SOCAN's acquisition of SODRAC has closed, enabling SOCAN to offer an integrated approach to the management of both performing rights and reproduction rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers.   Link to the PR

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