Frequently asked questions

Why should I become a CAPASSO member?


Joining CAPASSO as an author or publisher member will be to your benefit because CAPASSO continuously strives for excellence in efficiency when it comes to mechanical licence fee collections as well as service excellence in royalty distributions.




Who can join CAPASSO?


Any composer, author and publisher may become a member of CAPASSO.




What are mechanical rights ?


When it comes to music, there are several different rights that exist in any musical work or recording. Collectively, these are known as copyright. Yes, copyright is made up of several other rights, including, for example, performing rights, which are administered by SAMRO, and master rights, whichis the separate copyright the record label has in the actual sound recording. CAPASSO only administers the mechanical right in the composition's copyright, i.e. the right that arises when a musical work is reproduced or transferred from one format to another (from a master tape to a CD for example). There are many examples of when a mechanical right arises: when promotional CDs are pressed, when an MP3 is purchased for download from an online music store by a user, when videos are put onto the correct format for broadcasting, or when music is attached to television programming …and these are just a few. Remember, a license – or permission – from the copyright owner (represented by CAPASSO in this instance) must be obtained before any transfer takes place.




Who needs a CAPASSO licence?


  • Production house - Production houses who use commercial and production music in their productions (regular and promotional productions), whether on TV, radio, digital platform or hardcopy
  • Record companies - Record companies who don’t distribute their product through the major record companies require permissions when pressing CDs etc.
  • Online music services - Online music services that provide download and streaming services.
  • Advertising agencies - Advertising agencies using music when working in all forms of media.
  • Broadcasters - Radio, Online Radio and TV broadcasts.
  • Filmmakers - Filmmakers who use music (commercial and production) in their films.
  • Corporate companies - Corporate companies that use music for their corporate communications.
  • Gaming and Apps - Gaming and Apps companies that use music.
  • Physical Music Providers - Providers of commercial music to retail companies or businesses
    • Shopping Malls
    • Cinemas
    • Retail Stores
    • Trains
    • Aeroplanes
  • Karaoke and Backing Tracks - Providers of karaoke services or people who make use of backing tracks for live performances.
  • Jukeboxes - Providers of jukeboxes to public venues.




Does CAPASSO collect from YouTube?


CAPASSO has an agreement in place with YouTube whereby we collect and distribute royalties for YouTube videos that contain our members works.




When does CAPASSO do distributions and what collection area is paid?


The CAPASSO distribution timetable can be found at https://www.capasso.co.za/distribution. This timetable will always keep members informed as to what is being distributed in the upcoming distribution.




Does CAPASSO protect my music?


By being a CAPASSO member, CAPASSO will ensure that any use or exaploitation of a members music in our respestive licensing areas, is being compensated and paid for.




What is a music aggregator?


A music aggregator is also known as a digital distributor and is responsible for distributing an artists music onto various digital platforms.




Does CAPASSO put my music on Digital Platforms?


No, this is the responsibility of a music aggregator or record label. CAPASSO will ensure that your mechanical royalties are being compensated and paid for, only once yours music is already on the platform.





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