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Off Limits Rights Robot

What We Do

Off Limits Rights collects neighbouring rights on behalf of Artists (main artists, featured artists, musicians).

What are neighbouring rights?

Neighbouring Rights are rights related to the sound recording of a musical work and are due to the artists and musicians featured whenever there is a commercial exploitation of it such as through radio or TV airplay.

If you are a music performer or artist, the fixation (recordings) of your performance is eligible of the neighbouring rights deriving out of it. The copyright law covering and governing this kind of right is quite complex and fragmented and relies upon the Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organisations (1961).

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‘Neighbour’ to what?

The term “Neighbouring rights” is the english translation of the french words “Droits voisins”, and it’s considered ‘near’ to the Musical Work copyright.
These kind of rights are normally called ‘related rights’ or ‘secondary rights’, the primary or ‘main’ rights being the Authors’ rights and copyright.
These rights relate to the sound recording of a musical work (the particular, singular and unique performance of a musical work, when performed by an artist and recorded on a media).
Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean that these rights are lower in amount or “quality”, simply they came after the Author’s Rights were already in place and are treated in a similar manner.
To give you an idea of the economical importance of these kind of rights from an artist perspective, there are cases in which neighbouring rights royalties overrides the amount an artist receives from record label’s royalties.

Whenever there is a commercial exploitation of a recording (e.g. radio and/or tv airplay, backgroundmusic in a commercial activity), the licensee has to pay two types of licenses:

  • Authors (composers & lyricist) & Publishers’ society fee
  • Performers & Master owner’s collection society fee

There are different people involved in the production of music: people who invent it (which are the composers, lyricist and publishers), and those who create it (which are the performers, artists and record companies – phonogram producers).
The rights of the inventors of music are collected by organizations such as SIAE, SACEM, PRS, GEMA, BUMA.
The rights of the creators of music are collected by a serie of organizations and there’s not really a ‘working network’ and reciprocity between all of them.
That’s why we register the artists locally, giving a limited territorial mandate to every collecting society and providing every society with the artist discography, using their electronic standards.

Ideally and theorically, if your recordings have been broadcasted in a TV or Radio, you should be eligible for these rights.
We write ‘ideally’ because it all depends on the law in the particular country where your recording has been broadcasted and the period when it’s been broadcasted.

List of currently covered territories

Albania
Armenia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Lithuania
Moldova
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
United Kingdom
United States of America
Uzbekistan
World Map Albania Armenia Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Brazil Bulgaria Canada Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Japan Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Latvia Lithuania Moldova Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Serbia Slovakia Slovenia South Africa Spain Sweden Switzerland Tajikistan Turkmenistan Ukraine United Kingdom United States of America Uzbekistan

Artists

Gazebo

Activities

Singer

Musician

Producer

Name

Gazebo

Name

Merk

& Kremont

Alle Benassi

Activities

Producer/Performer

Composer

Name

Alle

Benassi

Name

Congorock

Name

Sabrina

Salerno

Name

Ann

Lee

Name

Bot

Name

Riccardo

Marchi

Team

Alfredo

Name

Alfredo "Larry"

Pignagnoli

Role

CEO

Giordano Pignagnoli

Name

Giordano

Pignagnoli

Role

Collecting Societies Relationship & Accounting

Marco Soncini

Name

Marco

Soncini

Role

Repertorie Administration

Letizia Pignagnoli

Name

Letizia

Pignagnoli

Role

Artists Relationship

FAQ

How long does the collection agreement last?
How frequently are my rights paid out to me?
Does this service has an upfront cost?
What are these rights for?
Is it possible to exclude some territories from the collection?
I already signed my publishing with publisher XXX. And I already released with Major Label YYY. Can I work with you?
Is your service available to every artist?
Is it so direct and simple to explain?
Isn't it the same going with a single collecting society?
Why "Neighbouring" rights ?

How long does the collection agreement last?

You’re not signing for your entire life. The initial agreement require a commitment of three years, and then every year you’re free to choose to renew.

How frequently are my rights paid out to me?

We collect during the year and pay out twice a year. Anyway if you require to have your balance paid out in a few days, we can pay it immediately (with reasonable limits on the minimum to payout).

Does this service has an upfront cost?

No it does not. We advance the membership fee in some countries, and the collection cost is a share of what’s going to be collected on your behalf. No upfront fee.

That’s also the reason why our service is not available to every single artist requesting it.

What are these rights for?

These rights are paid for the usage of the recordings you’ve taken part of.

If for example a radio has broadcasted your track, you are entitled to remuneration.

If your track has been released physically, you’re probably entitled to a private copy remuneration (private copy is paid by electronic devices manufacturer).

If your track has been played in public, you’re entitled to remuneration.

Is it possible to exclude some territories from the collection?

Yes. The agreement is customizable on the territorial side. Bear in mind that the less territories, the less royalties you’re going to collect.

I already signed my publishing with publisher XXX. And I already released with Major Label YYY. Can I work with you?

Yes you can. Neighboring rights are different from the rights of the writer/composer and are a type of rights you have by participating in the recording of a track. If you are the main artist or a musician, you are entitled to a remuneration for your participation.

Is your service available to every artist?

Due to the nature and type of service we provide, we can not work with any artist. If you received radio airplay, and some chart success, that’s a perfect match for our service. As we do not charge any upfront cost, we need to consider if the work we put in collecting your royalties is going to be repaid by a share of those same royalties.

Is it so direct and simple to explain?

No it is not. We’re simplifying. Some limitation apply. Each country has a different copyright law, and the types of usage that receive remuneration are different from country to country. In some countries the citizenship of the artist or the place where the recording was made does matter.

Isn't it the same going with a single collecting society?

No, it isn’t. We can collect in almost any country where there is a collecting operating, no matter if this collecting has signed a reciprocal agreement with your eligible collecting society. Moreover we collect at source, registering your repertoire and often claiming on the database of the collection society, with analytical search tools. We also search for keywords which are ‘near’ to the official tracknames of your discography, in order to find errors made by users reporting to the collecting societies.

You’ll receive a detailed report from the collecting with track by track analysis (not just a row stating “country xxx”), when the collecting provides it.

Why "Neighbouring" rights ?

“neighbour” to the copyright, the right for the composer / lyricist of a song.

Neighboring rights are distinct

Contacts

Off Limits Rights

via Pier Carlo Cadoppi 12
42124 Reggio Emilia
Italy
CF & VAT: IT01975710359
info@offlimitsrights.com