Lingo - Grand Rights

“Grand rights” is the term used to describe “dramatic” performing rights. This would cover performances of musical comedies (Broadway and off-Broadway), operas, operettas, ballets, as well as renditions of independent musical compositions in a dramatic setting where there is narration, a plot and/or costumes and scenery. The copyright owner has the exclusive right to issue licenses and collect fees for grand rights. The use of a musical work in a non-dramatic public performance is not a grand right: it is a “small” performing right licensed through a performing rights organization.

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