MACPĘis a non-profit organization whose main functions are to license users of music (radio and television stations, entertainment outlets, shops, online and mobile service providers etc) and pay the songwriters and publishers when their works are broadcast and publicly performed. Music AuthorsŐ Copyright Protection (MACP) BerhadĘwas incorporated as a public company limited by guarantee in September 1989 and today with a membership of over 2,500 authors, composers and publishers of music, it has in control and ownership in excess of 50,000 pieces of local musical works. In addition, by virtue of reciprocal agreements with other foreign performing rights societies,ĘMACPĘalso represents more than 2 million international composers, lyricists and publishers and controls for Malaysia in excess of 12 million pieces of musical works from all over the world. Because of this,ĘMACPĘis able to issue a blanket licence to users in the country who then are able to obtain authority to perform any item repertoire from the worldŐs catalogue of works administered byĘMACP.
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.