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How music copyright works

Learn how copyrighting music works and our role in collecting licence fees and distributing royalties to music creators.

Musical works & sound recordings

To make it a bit more complicated, a recorded song has two forms of copyright. One is for the underlying composition, the other for the recording.

How it all works together

Want to learn more about music copyright?

We've put together a simple visual explanation of the Story of a Song—from inspiration through to royalty payments and all the work that goes on inbetween. Or visit these organisations for more information: