Key terms used in our Distribution Rules and Practices document
The Copyright Act refers to compositions, musical scores in the form of sheet music, broadsheets or other notation as musical works. Lyrics or words to a song are considered literary works. When we refer to songs, we are referring to all the elements of a musical/literary work protected by copyright.
APRA AMCOS receives data for 100% of a licensee’s music use and includes all data in its distributions.
Direct allocation - blanket:
licence fees from an individual licensee or a small group of closely connected licensees (e.g. network television stations) are distributed, usually on a census analysis basis, to the music used and reported to APRA AMCOS by the licensee. Individual distribution values are calculated from a single revenue pool based on frequency of use, duration, type of use etc.
Direct allocation – transactional:
as per ‘direct allocation – blanket’, but each song carries a discrete distribution value based on the number of sales/usages it has received during the reporting period, as reported to APRA AMCOS by the licensee.
licence fees are added to one or more existing distribution pools that are most similar in terms of their music content.