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Performing Rights Royalties Royalties that are charged for the public performance of music, including music used in television programs, bars and restaurants, and non-U.S. theaters. These royalties are collected by performing rights organizations (in the United States by ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC), and are paid to the songwriter, composer, and publisher members of these organizations based on various factors including how often the music is played and the historical popularity of the music.
Pre-Record Recording of music that is used during the shooting of a film or television project. The music must be recorded before the actual scene is filmed, since the actors in a scene must be able to synchronize their actions and movements to the music that will be used in the scene. Examples include dance scenes and scenes where the actor must sing or play an instrument.
Public Domain (PD) Composition (US) A composition that is no longer owned by a Publishing company (usually because of the amount of time that has passed since the composer has died) is said to be in the Public Domain and can be re-recorded without payment to a publisher or negotiation of rights. Note that existing recordings of public domain music may generally not be used without the permission of the owner of the recording. For example, a piece by Beethoven would be considered Public Domain, however, in order to be used in a film or television project a sound recording of the music must be licensed. In this case, the appropriate license would be a Master Use License.

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