Do I have to pay reproduction royalties when I release my own work?

If you are an associate of Sabam and we manage your copyright royalties, then the mechanical reproduction royalties have to be paid, even if you are releasing your own works on a sound carrier (self-releasing).

You may however be eligible for a copyright exemption (limited to a maximum of 1.000 copies per catalogue number) if you meet the conditions below. Please note that there is an administrative cost of € 50 (+ 21% VAT) per licence application.

  • The author/composer is 100% owner of all works on the sound carrier.
  • The applicant may not be a legal entity (non-profit association, private limited company,...).
  • The manufacturing costs are entirely at the expense of the author/composer.
  • The works may not have been published at the time of the application.
  • Sabam has no obligation to the publisher if the works are published AFTER the manufacturing. The author/composer is directly liable to the publisher if the latter claims copyright royalties for the pressing concerned.
  • The exemption only applies to authors/composers who are members of Sabam.
  • The application of the exemption must be explicitly requested.
  • Music groups may also qualify for this exemption subject to the written consent of all authors/composers involved within the group.