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Licensing Again

Okay, reliable sources are indicating to me that this take on music licensing is all wrong. In fact, “the bulk of music publishers’ money comes from ‘mechanical royalties,’ which are essentially standardized licensing fees (set by a federal administrative court) that the publisher receives every time a writer’s song is sold in some form. Which is to say: When your commenter says publishers ‘won’t see a dime’ if a writer’s song sells a ton of copies, he’s got it precisely backwards. That’s where a huge chunk of their money comes from.”

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