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

If you are a member 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).
 

Exemption

You may be eligible for a copyright exemption if you meet the following conditions: 

  • The author/composer is 100% owner of all works on the sound carrier.
  • The applicant is not a legal entity (non-profit association, private limited company,...).
  • The manufacturing costs are entirely at the expense of the author/composer.
  • The works have not 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 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.
     

The exemption is limited to a maximum of 1.000 copies per catalogue number. Please note there is an administrative cost of 50 euros (+ 21% VAT) per licence application.