What Are Digital Audio Recording Technologies (DART) Royalties?

Connecting the dots between car audio systems and CD-Rs.

In 1992, the Audio Home Recording Act created the Digital Audio Recording Technologies (DART) fund as a way to split royalties between songwriters, publishers, recording artists, and labels. The fund is underwritten by manufacturers of digital audio recording equipment and recording media, such as blank CDs, personal audio devices, media centers, satellite radio devices, and car audio systems with recording capabilities.

You should opt into DART royalties if your PRO offers them at any point. Although they are not readily available, this gives your PRO the green light to collect DART funds whenever they are distributed.

Learn more about the Audio Home Recording Act here.


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