Recorded music: What do I pay exactly?

The equitable remuneration is a compulsory license that must be paid when recorded music is played on a publicly accessible location.

This remuneration exists for the public use of the music repertoire of performing artists andmusic producers. In other words, when a recording is made public, the law provides that a remuneration must be paid.

However, authors and composers, who entrust the management of their rights to Sabam or any other similar management company abroad, also have rights on the recorded music. Since the 1st of January 2020, Unisono allows you to jointly pay for the use of recorded music:

  • The equitable remuneration, distributed to performers and producers;
  • A license to Sabam, distributed to authors and composers.

Unisono allows you to pay both copyrights and equitable remuneration through a unique platform. The collecting societies Sabam, PlayRight and Simim have joined forces to make this a reality and will allow the music users to receive one invoice for both licences.

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