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As an author, i.e. as a lyricist or composer, you have the right to be paid for the use of your works. These rights are protected and administered by copyright societies such as GEMA, SUISA, AKM, SACEM, ASCAP, or BMI etc.

If you sell your works via platforms such as Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, TikTok, Deezer or similar, these platforms report your sales directly to the respective copyright societies. They then forward the payments they receive to you. However, it is important to note that you must be a member of one of these collecting societies to receive these payments.
It is not necessary to be a member of one of these collecting societies to sell your songs digital via

In any case, it is advisable to inform yourself about the different options and requirements to ensure that you are appropriately remunerated for your works.


  • You do not have to be a member of a collecting society to sell your songs and music digitally on
  • does not bill the respective collecting societies. This is done solely by the music portals.
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