February 22 2017

The first PlayRight distribution of 2017 is the payment of international rights. This distribution is for members who gave PlayRight a mandate to collect their rights abroad. The rights will be paid out in the coming days.

When an artist joins PlayRight, he/she has the possibility to give PlayRight a worldwide mandate that ensures that their rights are collected in all countries where PlayRight International has an agreement with a “sister society.” (More information about the different mandates on our website)

Through this worldwide mandate, PlayRight is able to collect rights in those countries where recordings in which the artist participated have been broadcast. The distribution of the international rights is based on the rules of the sister society in the country where the recording was broadcast.

PlayRight is not involved in that calculation process, but makes sure that the data quality meets the standards of the sister society, and handles the payment of the calculated rights once received. This is one of the reasons why in an international distribution, the “reference years” can vary for music and audiovisual rights, it differs from country to country.

This distribution of international rights handles following territories and reference years:

To compensate the extra cost of the exchange of rights, a 5% fee will be deducted by PlayRight on all the international rights received after December 1st 2016.  This is common practice among collecting societies.

If members have any questions, they can contact their account manager or send an email to   An FAQ is also available below.

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