Who Can Claim Neighboring Rights Royalties?

Who Can Claim Neighboring Rights Royalties?

Anyone who has performed* on a sound recording, or owns or controls the sound recording that has been performed publicly via;

  • terrestrial radio outside of the US

  • Digital radio (including those in the US such as SiriusXM)

  • Television

  • Cinemas (some countries)

  • Public spaces and businesses

  • New digital media (for example, webcasts, simulcasting)


Note: While Neighboring Rights are not recognized in the US for terrestrial broadcast, in 1996 a new treaty was formulated known as the WPPT, expanding Neighboring Rights to include digital broadcast. As the US is one of the signatories of this treaty, Neighboring Rights royalties are paid in territories including the US when songs are broadcast on online radio platforms such as Pandora, SiriusXM and iHeart Radio. 

The definition of ‘performed’ is anyone who has performed an instrument or vocal on a sound recording, or contributed to its creation (e.g.. a producer). Some countries also recognise the conductor of an orchestra on a sound recording as being a performer.

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