What does RightsFlow do? And how does it help you?
If you are a publisher, a songwriter, or other owner or controller of musical compositions that are being exploited commercially, RightsFlow may have money for you. For a complete introduction to RightsFlow’s service offering for copyright holders, download our overview document here.
What We Do
RightsFlow represents over 9,500 independent record labels, artists, distributors, and music services. They cover all stature of artists and all genres of music, but what they have in common is that they all have a need to get mechanical licenses for compositions they don’t own. RightsFlow operates as an outsourced licensing and royalty department for these companies, aggregating millions of license requests to US publishers, and paying out millions in royalties. We go to great lengths to track down publishers and songwriters all over the world so that they can be paid for sales of their songs in the United States.
Additionally, we help companies streamline their royalty reporting to collecting societies outside the United States so that publishers and songwriters can be paid quickly, accurately, and transparently.
Our focus is primarily in mechanical licensing, covering physical, permanent download, ringtone, and interactive streaming/limited downloads, in accordance with Section 115 of the Copyright Act.
How It Works For You
For the first time, there is a single, consolidated licensing channel to reach thousands of independent artists, record labels, distributors, and online music services. Rather than deal with thousands of independent license forms, accounting statements, and payments, RightsFlow consolidates these activities, to ease the administrative burden on publishers and songwriters.
All our reporting is done with the utmost transparency – you will always know exactly who is recording your work, where they are distributing it, the labels and distributors involved, and all detailed royalty data.
Our clients want to pay you. We consistently and proactively seek to aggregate more and more mechanical license requests and bring more and more royalties to publishers and songwriters. Our services allow many clients (such as indie artists and small record labels) to license with you who otherwise may not have the ability to get licenses and render accounting statements. This benefits the RightsFlow clients by allowing them to record, distribute, and sell cover songs, as well as the publishers and songwriters, by exponentially increasing royalty revenue from this market segment.
No Cost To You
None. RightsFlow is paid by the licensees (ie the artists, labels, distributors, and/or music services) to handle the administration of licensing and royalty reporting. We do not take any percentage of the royalties for ourselves – nor do we hold royalties or earn interest on accruals. RightsFlow simply acts as a conduit to efficiently connect licensees (artists, labels, distributors, music services) with licensors (publishers and songwriters).
Every dollar in royalties is paid straight through to you or your administrator.
Help Us Help You
Sound too good to be true? It’s not. But there are some things that you can do to help us help you. This simple checklist will ensure that RightsFlow can always locate you, expedite the licensing process, and pay you quickly and accurately.
- Send us your catalog: We are tracking substantial amounts of accruals that need to be paid for past uses. Why can’t we pay them? Most of the time we don’t know who to pay! So send us your catalog; tell us what songs you control, and the licensing and royalty process will go more smoothly and efficiently. We don’t need confidential information, nor do we resell your data. All we need to know is who to pay for what songs. It’s in everyone’s best interest.
- Harry Fox member? Let us know: We license with Harry Fox (HFA) whenever we can. If you are a HFA member, please let us know and please do everything you can to make sure all your songs are registered with HFA as soon as possible.
- Help us license quicker for physical uses: Although we do license through HFA whenever possible, we are restricted from licensing physical reproductions directly through HFA. This means that for the thousands of small artists who want to print up CDs with cover songs, we have no choice but to send Notice of Intents (NOIs) according to Section 115 of the Copyright Act. Many publishers and songwriters bristle upon receiving NOIs, but we often have no choice. We always prefer a direct, non-NOI license whenever possible.
- Tell us when things change: Whenever anything changes in your world – new address, new catalog, new songwriters, etc., please let us know. Come talk to us: We can’t promise to solve every problem or every dispute. But we can make your life easier when there is a concern regarding one of our clients. Before you get angry, give us a call. We’ll do everything we can to smooth out the situation. Many times unpleasant situations can be easily resolved by transparency and goodwill