When do I not have to pay copyright royalties?

You do not have to pay any copyright royalties:

  1. if the work is not part of the Sabam repertoire or of the repertoire of its sister societies;
  2. if the work is part of the public domain.

In the second case, the surviving author of the work passed away more than seventy years ago. So we don't manage those works (anymore).

There is however one exception to this: an author or composer who creates an arrangement or adaptation of a work from the public domain. If that author or composer is himself a member of Sabam or of a foreign copyright society, we consider this arrangement or adaptation as a new work. And we will manage the rights for this new version.