Alan S. Bergman and Associates
The Internet is the hot topic these days; and use of music on the web presents new issues to owners, users, and lawyers. Music on the Internet involves the same two important copyrights that affect most other commercial users of music: performing rights and recording (or mechanical) rights. However, they are applied differently. The music on the Internet is transmitted simultaneously throughout the world; so a composition streamed in the U.S. might be downloaded or accessed in Europe or Japan. In the world of international music publishing, mechanical rights agencies and performing rights societies have had many years to work out reciprocal arrangements in their respective territories.