Collective Copyright Management

Songwriters and composers become members of collecting societies to collect royalties from use of their works. Collecting societies monitor performances and distribution of the works on radio, television, in public venues, and online.

Collecting societies typically operate in a particular country and enter into a web of reciprocal deals with collecting societies in other countries. These deals determine how royalties earned in one country are paid to the appropriate songwriters and composers in another. In this way, a Brazilian songwriter might collect royalties when a cover band plays her song in a pub in London, or a fan shares an online video in which he covers it as well.

So how do collecting societies affect you as a Vidwal user? If you’ve ever received a notice indicating that one of your videos may include copyrighted content administered by "Music Publishing Rights Collecting Society," or “one or more music publishing rights collecting societies,” it means that Vidwal's Content ID system identified one or more musical compositions within your video to which a portion of the rights may be administered by a collecting society.

If you receive a notice like the one above and believe your video was matched to copyrighted content by mistake, first, listen again. Is there music in the background? Was someone singing or playing a cover version of a song? These are uses of a copyrighted work that often require royalties be paid to the songwriter or composer. If you are certain that no copyrighted content is included in your video, intentionally or unintentionally, you can dispute the match by sending an email to with subject: "I believe this copyright claim is not valid".