A collective management organisation is generally formed or appointed by copyright holders to manage the rights in their copyright works. Collective management organisations are appointed by copyright owners to administer the licensing of rights, collection of royalties and enforcement of rights on their behalf. If you intend to use a work protected by copyright, such as music or other sound recordings, you will need to be authorised, which is normally granted through a license granted by copyright owners / collective management organisations. You may obtain licenses from either the copyright owners, or from legally authorised collective management organisations administering the relevant rights governing your use of such works.
Collective management organisations are independent, private organisations. The collective management organisations will be able to provide further information relevant to your intended use of works. You may also wish to obtain legal advice to verify that your intended use of works will be appropriately covered by licenses provided by the relevant collective management organisations.
Composers and Authors Society of Singapore Ltd
The Composers and Authors Society of Singapore Ltd (COMPASS) is a non-profit public company which administers the public performance, the communication of a work to the public, which rights include the broadcasting of the work; inclusion of the work in a cable programme; and the making available of a work (on a network or otherwise), and reproduction rights in music and musical associated literary works on behalf of its members (composers, authors and music publishers). By virtue of the reciprocal agreements with many other similar music copyright organisations around the world, COMPASS protects an extensive repertoire written by thousands of songwriters and composers worldwide.
COMPASS deals specifically with music copyrights and the usage of musical works. Its role is hence different from that performed by the Recording Industry Performance Singapore Pte Ltd (RIPS) which deals with music videos and karaoke videos.
The goal of COMPASS is to provide for its members and licensees total and quality service in the administration of music copyrights. This involves a number of services including:
A proprietor of a business that provides music to the public, or if music is used in any entertainment that he/she provides, a licence from COMPASS is required. Through a deal with Music Publishers (S) Ltd, COMPASS also manages reproduction rights for music and lyrics onto Karaoke-On-Demand Devices. Examples of premises requiring annual licences are discotheques, nightclubs, karaoke lounges, pubs, restaurants, hotels, clubs, cinemas, concert halls, factories, skating rinks, hairdressing salons, fitness centres, office buildings and shopping centres. Permits are also granted to organisers of ad-hoc events. Any event other than a dramatico-musical work, an oratorio or other choral work, or a ballet, would require a permit from COMPASS if it involves the public performance of copyright musical works. Examples of parties who require permits are organisers of concerts, exhibitions, promotional events, dinner and dances, carnivals, fun fairs, open space stage performances including performances at void-decks.
In addition to licences and permits, COMPASS also assists music users who need to seek clearance for reproduction of copyright musical works e.g. if you are making a record of a copyrighted work on CD, tape or any other format, making a soundtrack for a cinematographic film using a copyrighted work, making a commercial jingle or an accompaniment to commercial advertising using a copyright work or reproducing a work in printed form.
Horizon Music Entertainment Pte Ltd
Horizon Music Entertainment Pte Ltd represents a specific group of record labels. The rights that it administers include the following:
Horizon Music Entertainment Pte Ltd
59A Neil Road Singapore 088894
Tel: (65) 6844 7887, Fax: (65) 6841 9005
Horizon Music Entertainment Pte Ltd (“HME”) provides a one stop complete service: International Talent Agency, Management, Tour Promoter, Concert Organizer and Copyright Company.
Formed in late 2008, HME has established a definitive network within the entertainment industry in Singapore and around the region. It has placed itself at some of the top venues in Singapore and has access to the best artists in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Besides its Event Team, HME is supported by its own in-house IT, AV, Copyright and Media Teams.
HME’s copyright management department currently manages the following labels as their exclusive Karaoke-On-Demand licensor in Singapore:
HME has obtained, by various agreements with the copyright owners, the authority to license the reproduction of copyright works and collect royalties. It represents the interests of copyright owners by dealing with licensees and potential licensees. HME has developed standard procedures and policies to ensure that copyright owners earn royalties when their music is performed, played or reproduced. At the same time, its processes, culture and technology are client-driven and results-oriented. HME continually strives to add value and strength to the music rights industry. It is the foremost licensing, collection and distribution agency for music publishers in Singapore. It is able, willing and ready to manage customers’ copyright issues.
Recording Industry Music Services (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Recording Industry Music Services (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. represents various major record labels on the following licence scheme(s):
The Licensing Department
Recording Industry Music Services (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
4 Leng Kee Road, #03-06 SiS Building
Tel: (65) 6475 1181
The Recording Industry Music Services (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. (RIMS) is a collective licensing body representing a number of record companies (Represented Companies).
RIMS is empowered to administer the foregoing licence schemes in respect of karaoke videos and music videos, the copyright in which is owned or controlled by these Represented Companies, for use on karaoke-on-demand systems in Singapore.
Members of the public or businesses who intend to reproduce karaoke videos and/or music videos for use on karaoke-on-demand systems in Singapore should obtain an appropriate licence before carrying out such an act. Karaoke-on-demand system is generally a computerised storage system where karaoke videos and music videos are reproduced and stored for the purposes of song requests from patrons, thereby eliminating the need to have on hand numerous laser discs or other physical media to cater to song requests. It should be noted that the reproduction rights of karaoke and music videos administered by RIMS are distinct from the public performance rights of karaoke videos and music videos.
RIMS will grant a licence to the applicant subject to the terms and conditions stated in the application form and payment of an appropriate fee. For more details on the licence fees, the application process and any other enquiries, please contact RIMS at the contact details above.
K-Net Music Pte Ltd
K-Net Music Pte Ltd represents a specific group of record labels. The rights that it administers include the following:
K-Net Music Pte Ltd
5001 Beach Road, #08-60,
Golden Mile Complex,
Tel: (65) 6298 2300
Fax: (65)6298 2127
K-Net Music Pte Ltd is promulgated to manage the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of karaoke and music video contents within the KOD (Karaoke-On-Demand) system, on behalf of the following recording companies:
If in doubt as to which karaoke and music videos are involved, you may find an updated list on K-Net Music Pte Ltd's website or send us a request via email.
Recording Industry Performance Pte Ltd
The Recording Industry Performance Pte Ltd (RIPS) is a collective licensing body representing a number of record companies.
RIPS is empowered to exercise the rights of these companies by granting requisite licences for the public performance of all music videos and karaoke videos and reproduction of sound recordings in which the copyright is owned or controlled by these companies.
Members of the public who intend to cause music and/or karaoke videos to be seen in public, broadcasted (including transmission by satellite) or transmitted by cable programme service should obtain an appropriate licence before carrying out such an act. For example, one would require permission from a record company before the record company’s music and/or karaoke videos can be used in bars, pubs, lounges, discotheques, cafes, restaurants, retail shops, department stores, community centres, cruise ships, health and fitness centres, hotels and private clubs etc. The typical applicant will be one who wishes to use these music and/or karaoke videos to provide karaoke entertainment, music video featured entertainment or music video background entertainment to the public or a section of the public.
Many establishments and DJs that play sound recordings in public places may no longer do so directly from a CD or similar vinyl record. Instead, the sound recordings are reproduced onto computerized or other storage systems first. This eliminates the need to have on hand numerous different CDs, as well as the need to constantly change the CD which is playing. However, establishments and DJs intending to reproduce the sound recordings onto computerized or other storage systems for the purposes of public performance at public premises should obtain an appropriate licence before carrying out such an act. Establishments which may need to obtain this licence include: pubs, lounges, discos, nightclubs, shopping centres, retail shops, restaurants, hotels, fitness clubs, freelance DJs, event organizers, etc.
RIPS will grant a licence to the applicant subject to the terms and conditions stated in the application form and payment of an appropriate fee. The relevant licence gives permission to the applicant to use all or any of the (a) music video and/or karaoke videos (b) sound recordings belonging to the recording companies listed in the application form.
Licence fees are generally assessed under the standard tariffs and are granted either on an annual basis or to cover one-off single events. Usage which does not fall into the standard tariffs (including multi-media and internet etc) will be considered on a case-by-case basis. When in doubt, enquiries should be made to RIPS.
The Copyright Licensing and Administration Society of Singapore Ltd
The Copyright Licensing and Administration Society of Singapore Ltd (CLASS) is a non-profit society established in September 1999 by a group of international and local academic book publishers and local authors in Singapore.
Its founding members include some of the world's major book publishers such as Pearson Education, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley, Thomson Learning, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Times Publishing, Springer Verlag, MPH Education and World Scientific Publishing. Ordinary members include Harcourt Asia, SNP Editions, SNP Education, SNP Publishing, Ethos Books as well as local authors like Catherine Lim, Leong Wern Fook and Claire Chiang.
One of its main aims is to protect copyright and champion the interests of book publishers and authors in the country.
Through a programme of public education, promotion, licensing and enforcement, CLASS hopes published creative works can be better protected while the respect for copyright is attained.
Motion Picture Licensing Company (Singapore) Pte Ltd
The Motion Picture Licensing Company (MPLC) is an independent copyright licensing agency representing over 400 Hollywood studios, independent, special interest, and local producers.
50 Tagore Lane, #05-05i
Tel: (65) 6392 0152, Fax: (65) 6396 6962
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
The Motion Picture Licensing Company (MPLC) is an independent copyright licensing agency representing over 400 Hollywood studios, independent, special interest, and local producers. The MPLC is the leader in motion picture copyright compliance across five continents and more than twenty countries, with over 450,000 licensed locations worldwide. The MPLC's licensees range from the smallest child care programs and schools to the largest multi-national corporations and government agencies.
There are many ways to use motion pictures: to reward a group of children; to create a welcoming environment in a waiting room or lounge; to provide an amenity for guests or residents; to motivate staff or enhance a training presentation, to name a few. However, chances are you need a licence, regardless of the setting or audience size. Who has the time or the budget to locate the copyright owner of each title, negotiate the license fee, and report the date for each exhibition to insure copyright compliance? More importantly, non-compliance with The Copyright Act is considered infringement and carries steep and significant penalties, including damages up to $200,000.
The MPLC has solved this problem with the affordable and comprehensive MPLC Umbrella Licence®. Let us lead you through the necessary steps to insure copyright compliance and legal peace of mind. Please review or complete our simple application for an annual licence which allows unlimited exhibitions in all facilities.
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