In most cases, CMOs are not-for-profit entities. They manage music rights for authors, performers, producers and other right holders to simplify the management of those rights. Some of the services they offer:

  • monitor the use of when, where and what works are used;

  • negotiate tariffs and other conditions with users;

  • license the use of protected works on behalf of its members and of other rights holders it represents; and

  • collect the fees from users and distribute these to the rights holders.

Depending on the repertoire they represent, they can also be called:

  • Music Licensing Companies (MLCs)

  • Mechanical Rights Organizations (MROs)

  • Performers’ Collective Management Organizations (PMOs)

  • Reproduction Rights Organizations (RROs)

source: WIPO

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