► Has CMRRA been collecting my digital royalties outside of Canada previously?
CMRRA’s International Collections for digital royalties is a new offering to clients in 2021.
► How will we receive payments from your International Collections services?
Royalties from IMPEL and the MLC will be included in our regular quarterly distribution cycle (occurring on the 15th of March/June/September/December). You can expect your royalty statements to include detailed share-by-share payment information.
► Can you tell me about any administration fees I need to know about for International Collections?
Our administration fee for International Collections from IMPEL and MLC is 5% of the royalties collected. All terms are outlined clearly in the affiliation agreement for International Collections.
Note that there continues to be no up-front cost to affiliating with CMRRA.
► I’m already a member of the MLC directly, do I need to sign up for your International Collections service?
If you’re already a member of the MLC directly, and wish to continue with that direct membership, you should not opt in to CMRRA's International Collections service for the USA.
► If I signed up with the MLC can I opt out and sign up for International Collections with you?
Yes. If you wish to remove your direct membership with the MLC in favour of CMRRA collecting these royalties on your behalf, you are able to do so. You will simply need to complete any opt-out process with the MLC so as to avoid overlapping claims in their database. An overlap could create conflicts that would delay our ability to collect royalties on your behalf.
► Will CMRRA register my work ownership information with the MLC if I choose to opt in for International Collections for the USA?
Yes, CMRRA will register your work ownership details with the MLC if you opt in for the USA. Note that our affiliation agreement requires you to confirm the status of your repertoire for all of the territories for which you are signing up. Please carefully review the details in section 4 of Schedule I - International Digital Collections, and the associated check box on the addendum that refers to full repertoire eligibility.
► I’m a member of the Harry Fox Agency (HFA). Would it be a conflict to sign up for US International Collections with CMRRA?
Members of the Harry Fox Agency do not automatically collect royalties from the MLC. Rights owners are required to opt in to collect royalties from the MLC, either as a direct MLC member or through a third party like CMRRA or HFA. If you have not opted in for HFA to collect on your behalf for this particular service, you can sign up with our International Collections service to collect your MLC royalties.
► Does this conflict with royalty collections from SoundExchange?
No, there is no conflict. SoundExchange is responsible for collection and distribution of royalties to artists and sound recording owners for performances of their recordings. This is separate from the MLC mandate to collect mechanical royalties for the publishing rights associated with the musical works.
► Does this conflict with royalty collections from PPL?
No, there is no conflict. PPL collects and distributes money on behalf of performers and record companies for the use of their recorded music. This is separate from the MLC mandate to collect mechanical royalties for the publishing rights associated with the musical works.
► Does this conflict with royalty collections from SOPROQ?
No, there is no conflict. SOPROQ collects and distributes royalties from the public performance and reproduction of sound recordings and music videos. This is separate from the MLC mandate to collect mechanical royalties for the publishing rights associated with the musical works.
► Does this conflict with royalty collections from SOCAN?
SOCAN also has an international collections business, including collections from the MLC. You can be a client of either CMRRA or SOCAN for this purpose, but not both. If you have signed up with SOCAN for collections from the MLC or other International collections - for your reproduction rights specifically - then you should not sign up with CMRRA for this purpose. This would result in conflicts that would delay collection of your royalties.
► I’ve heard about a “black box” of royalties for unidentified songs that is being released to the MLC. Will signing up for your International Collections service help with this in some way?
Yes, CMRRA will register song ownership information on behalf of those clients who sign up for our International Collections service for the USA, and make claims to any royalties that exist for previously unidentified songs. There is a three year timeframe within which to make claims against these royalties, after which the payout of any remaining money for unidentified songs will be allocated according to a market share calculation.
► I’ve got sub-publishing agreements in territories outside of North America, should I sign up for your International Collections service?
You should only sign up for our International Collections service for territories in which you are not otherwise collecting royalties either yourself or via a sub-publisher. Please refer to section 4 of Schedule I of our affiliation agreement for further details.
► Which countries are included within IMPEL’s Core Territories?
- Switzerland, the United Kingdom and all states within the European Economic Area which includes Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Iceland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Norway, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece.
- Albania, Andorra, Bosnia, Gibraltar, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, San Marino, Serbia, and Turkey
- Lebanon, Luxembourg, French Polynesia, Monaco, New Caledonia
- Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Togo, and Gulf countries - Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar
- Israel, Palestinian Territories, Yemen
- Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Montenegro, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan
► Is there a timeline for the implementation of Phase 2 collections with IMPEL?
We are currently focused on implementing Phase 1 of our International Collections agreement with IMPEL. Expansion to Phase 2 territories will be confirmed at a later date, and is likely to follow in 2022.