Publishing Rights

Publishing Rights: In Music Licensing, the portion of music ownership covering a particular composition—as opposed to the sound recording of that composition, which is covered by the Master Rights. Typically, Publishing Rights are owned by the artist/composer who wrote the song, but sometimes artists sell their compositions to a Publishing House, which then owns the Publishing Rights for that song. Businesses wishing to use a piece of music must obtain both the Master Rights and the Publishing Rights.

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