APRA AMCOS vs. PPCA – what’s the difference?
While APRA AMCOS administers the performing and some of the reproduction rights in songs and compositions, the PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Limited) administers the performing right in ‘sound recordings’ on behalf of record companies and recording artists.
Take the song ‘Friday On My Mind’ by The Easybeats as an example. Harry Vanda and George Young wrote ‘Friday On My Mind’ in 1966. However, in 2008, Ben Lee released a cover version of the song ‘Friday On My Mind,’ as part of a tribute album. So we collected royalties for Harry Vanda and George Young because they wrote the song, while the PPCA collected royalties for Ben Lee’s record label because they released the recording. Learn more about PPCA.