Definition[edit | edit source]

U.S. copyright law[edit | edit source]

The mechanical licensing collective is the entity most recently designated as such by the Register of Copyrights under [17 U.S.C.] subsection [115](d)(3).[1]

Overview[edit | edit source]

The mechanical licensing collective shall be a single entity that —

(i) is a nonprofit entity, not owned by any other entity, that is created by copyright owners to carry out responsibilities under this subsection;
(ii) is endorsed by, and enjoys substantial support from, musical work copyright owners that together represent the greatest percentage of the licensor market for uses of such works in covered activities, as measured over the preceding 3 full calendar years;
(iii) is able to demonstrate to the Register of Copyrights that the entity has, or will have prior to the license availability date, the administrative and technological capabilities to perform the required functions of the mechanical licensing collective under this subsection and that is governed by a board of directors in accordance with subparagraph (D)(i); and
(iv) has been designated by the Register of Copyrights, with the approval of the Librarian of Congress pursuant to section 702, in accordance with subparagraph (B).[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 17 U.S.C. §115(e)(18).
  2. 17 U.S.C. §115(d)(3).
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