owner of copyrights has to register in order to collect performance rights. He
should therefore join one of the associations engaged in music collection
management (insert here the link to the Associations webpage). These
associations will provide you with additional information on requirements for
the payment of copyrights, as well as on the documentation necessary to become
Any missing information
or doubt involving a music work or the calculation of amounts of copyrights
should be directly clarified with the music association.
It should be
highlighted though that circumstances such as frequency and the media in which
music is airplayed, as well as the works in which the owner has some sort of
participation and the opportune payment by music users, are determinant for the
success - or failure - in the collection
of copyrights, and consequently, for the distribution to right-owners. Therefore,
these circumstances may impact – either positively or negatively – royalty
How to register your works
works can be registered, according to their nature, at the National Library or at the UFRJ School of Music (Federal
Rio de Janeiro). In addition to works, you may also register musical
arrangements, musical compositions, lyrics and music scores. Registration allows
recognition of authorship, the moral and
economic rights involved and it also establishes protection terms, both for the
right-owner and his/her successors.
highlighted that registration is not essential for the work to be protected according
to the Ecad´s system. However, registration
is an indication/evidence of authorship, and in some cases it demonstrates the
first public declaration on the authorship of a certain musical work.
protection of a musical work granted by the Ecad is independent from registration;
this means that even in the case of a non-registered work, it may enjoy public
performance rights/protection. In this case, membership
to one of the music management associations is a must.
that: if a work or phonogram is captured (for example, during a radio
broadcast) but the song fails to be properly registered on the Ecad database,
no identification shall be possible. Lack of identification of a work leads to
delays in credit distribution to the right-owner.
an unregistered work is captured, a provisional registry shall be created for
the work, which is called “song pending identification”. The number of
performances captured shall be maintained until the song is registered and identified,
and consequently the credits to right-owners shall be released. The same
procedure is used in the case of phonograms that lack identification. When they
are in fact identified, the moneys for the holders of neighboring rights are
bear in mind that the registration of works, in order to be valid at the Ecad,
has to be conducted at the association to which the author/producer is a member.
The association will then insert is shared between the Ecad and the respective