The Society of Authors, Composer and Publishers of Music (SACEM) is a non-profit non-trading entity owned and managed by its members. SACEM collects and distributes royalties on behalf of its clients, thus guaranteeing the authors’ intellectual property rights over their works. SACEM plays a crucial economic role in preserving musical creation and public use in France.
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What is Music Publishing?
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.