AKM & austro mechana, because music is worth something. AKM and austro mechana are the collecting societies to which the composers, music text authors and music publishers in Austria have joined forces. AKM and austro mechana are these rights holders themselves, they are not government agencies or authorities. The societies belong to the composers, music text authors and music publishers. We represent the copyrights of composers, music writers and music publishers in Austria. We grant organizers, radio operators, phonogram producers, etc. permission to use their music and distribute the revenue to the rights holders. We make sure that composers, music writers and music publishers get their royalties.
Music Publishing is the business of protecting and promoting song copyrights and collecting the royalties that these copyrights generate. Think of a song as intellectual property (it's an original piece of art!), and music publishing as the business that makes sure that songwriters get paid a fair compensation when their intellectual property is used by companies. Those companies could be record labels (mechanical royalties), radio stations, bars, and restaurants (performance royalties), or film studios and advertising agencies (sync license fees), and many more.