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In effect, the arrangement is the product of a compromise: when a song is played, the user does not have to pay the copyright holder directly, nor does the music creator have to bill a radio station for use of a song. As the artist agreement is non-exclusive, authors can license using a creative commons license. The ASCAP bill of rights states, "we have the right to choose when and where our creative works may be used for free". If an author is going to use a creative commons license with another's works, this is the only author's rights organisation that has a non-exclusive contract that a foreign person can join.
ASCAP , acronym of American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers , American organization, established in , that was the first such body formed to protect the rights of composers and collect fees for the public performances of their music. In accordance with intellectual-property and copyright laws, it collects royalties and licensing fees from music presenters, including broadcasters, and distributes these monies to member composers, lyricists, and music publishers. The rights of songwriters and lyricists to be paid for performances of their music was affirmed in the United States by the Copyright Act of Before ASCAP was formed, each songwriter individually had to license and collect pay for each performance of his music. ASCAP provided a central agency to acquire the money due songwriters and to pay the money to them. ASCAP was receiving in royalties 5 percent of the revenue generated by broadcast performances when it demanded 15 percent in ASCAP also provides grants to composers, makes awards for music criticism and essays on copyright law, conducts educational programs, and publishes biographical material and music catalogs of its members and their works. Throughout its history its repertoire and annual receipts have been the largest among performing rights societies.
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