Do You Collect Royalties From Digital and Physical Sales?

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Whenever your songs are purchased — whether it’s through a physical vinyl, CD, or cassete sale, or a digital download — a mechanical royalty is generated. In order to collect these royalties, a mechanical license must be requested by whoever is reproducing or distributing your music. Songtrust can collect mechanical royalties from these purchases.

Digital Service Providers like Spotify, Apple Music, or Tidal, as well as video services like TikTok, and YouTube, operate differently. Instead of individual licenses per song, they operate on a blanket license basis with rightsholders and their representatives. More about that here.

For more on how mechanical royalties differ from performance royalties, check out our mini-crash course, our blog post breakdown or complete list of mechanical royalty sources.


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