Lingo - Compulsory Mechanical License

A license provided by the Copyright Law allowing anyone to record a song that has previously been commercially recorded with authorization, as long as they pay at least the royalties set by a Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel. The royalty rate for 2004 is $.085 per song for each CD or tape made and distributed, or $1.65 for each minute of playing time, whichever is greater. The rates for subsequent years are listed under STATUTORY MECHANICAL ROYALTY RATE.

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