ASCAP and RightsFlow
have partnered to offer mechanical licensing services to ASCAP's nearly 400,000 songwriter, composer and publisher members through RightsFlow's Limelight online utility. ASCAP members will receive a 25% discount on Limelight service fees.
Limelight provides artists and record labels with services to clear cover songs and secure mechanical licenses for physical releases, digital downloads, ringtones and interactive streaming both domestically and internationally.
Current U.S. statutory mechanical rates for physical units or permanent downloads are 9.1¢ for songs five minutes or less and 1.75¢ per minute for songs over five minutes. Limited download and interactive streaming services generally pay a mechanical royalty of 10.5% percent of revenue, less amounts owed for performance royalties.
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