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What are Collective Management Organizations?

A collective management organization is generally formed or appointed by copyright holders to manage the rights in their copyright works. Collective management organizations are appointed by copyright owners to administer the licensing of rights, collection of royalties and enforcement of rights on their behalf. If you intend to use a work protected by copyright, such as music or other sound recordings, you will need to be authorized, which is normally granted through a license granted by copyright owners / collective management organizations. You may obtain licenses from either the copyright owners, or from legally authorized collective management organizations administering the relevant rights governing your use of such works.

Collective management organizations are independent, private organizations. The collective management organizations will be able to provide further information relevant to your intended use of works. You may also wish to obtain legal advice to verify that your intended use of works will be appropriately covered by licenses provided by the relevant collective management organizations.