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Telephone (Our hotline operates Monday - Friday from 08h30 16h30): 0800 247 247 (toll-free from Telkom landlines and for 8ta subscribers)  SMS: 45141 @ R1 per SMS  E-fax: 086 688 3616 Email: 24-7@samro.org.za Facebook: SAMROSouthAfrica Twitter: @SAMROMusic

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General FAQs

  • What happens to my music rights after I die?

    According to the law, copyright lasts for the lifetime of the composer and for 50 years after his / her death.

    When the composer dies, the rights are passed down to the beneficiaries or the heirs in the will. So this means your family and dependants could end up benefiting from your music for a long time to come

  • How do I register copyright over my intellectual property?

    As soon as you create a piece of music in a recognizable way – it belongs to you. You don’t need to register it. As long as it has been written down, filmed, recorded or created in some way by you, you can claim ownership of it.

    If proof of ownership is required, however, especially in the case of a dispute relating to copyright infringement. In this regard, SAMRO’s database of musical works also serves as a central repository. This database exists as a result of the notification of works by composers and/or authors of lyrics, as well as publishers.

  • Why is it important to protect the copyright of composers and lyricists?

    Music is the soundtrack to our lives. Its rhythm is the heartbeat of culture and moves us in countless ways. In the past, some musicians and composers have touched the lives of millions; yet have died without ever receiving the benefit of their great contributions.

    Today, people around the world recognise the value of the work of Music Creators. And most countries have laws protecting it. In South Africa we have a law called the Copyright Act that protects Music Creators and their work.

  • What are the various rights administered by SAMRO on behalf of Music Creators?

    Performing Rights: When a music work is performed live, broadcast or used in public, royalties are payable to the lyricists and composers of that work, as well as to the publishers of their music.

    Mechanical Rights: These royalties are due to composers or their publishers, after their work has been mechanically or digitally reproduced on media such as DVDs, CDs, cassette tapes, mobile phones (including ringtones) and MP3s.

    Needletime Rights: These are royalties SAMRO pays to recording artists such as singers, instrumentalists and backing vocalists for their recorded performances when they are broadcast to the public.

  • Where does SAMRO get the money it pays to music creators as royalties?

    SAMRO collects licence fees from music users – television broadcasters, radio stations, in-store radio stations, pubs, clubs, retailers, restaurants and all other businesses that broadcast, use or play music.
    Using the information from the Music Users about the use of the music, we use our 50 years of experience to work out fair and reasonable licence fees, which we pass on to the creators and rights holders of the music.

  • What is SAMRO?

    Founded in 1961, SAMRO’s mission is to watch over the musical creations of composers and authors (music creators). Guided by the Copyright Act, SAMRO issues Music Usage Licences to Music Users and collects fees from these licences to distribute to Music Creators.