This is sent when a third party wants to record or distribute your music.
If you are a songwriter with work that’s been commercially recorded and released, you may eventually receive or may have already received a Notice of Intent (NOI) letter stating that a third party wants to record or distribute your song.
Under United States Copyright law, they must obtain a mechanical license from the rights holder in order to distribute the recording. Sending the NOI letter is all that’s required to obtain a compulsory mechanical license.
By sending the letter and agreeing to pay the statutory royalty rate - currently 9.1 cents for United States, however the rate varies in different territories - the composition can be re-recorded or distributed without prior approval from either the songwriters or publisher’s.
Artists can use the compulsory license to record another writer’s song and as a songwriter you will receive notice when someone wants to cover one of your songs. The only stipulation is that the original songwriter must be notified and compensated according to the statute.
Interested in learning more? Check out our blog post on Notice of Intents (NOI).
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