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    I’m already a writer with ASCAP and am in the process of signing up as a publisher now. Under the membership agreements, there’s an option to let ASCAP represent you in regards to the Audio Home Recording Act. I’m having a hard time finding much information online of what exactly this means. Is there any reason why you wouldn’t want to let ASCAP to represent you for this?

    #45097 Reply

    I wish someone would answer you about this– I read it might be some type of lie by the RIAA… it was signed in 1992… I don’t know.

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    Art Munson

    There’s no inherent downside to letting ASCAP represent you for the Audio Home Recording Act (AHRA) if you’re already a member. Here’s what it means:

    Benefits of ASCAP Representation:

    Convenience: ASCAP handles the administrative burden of collecting royalties from the AHRA on your behalf. This can be especially helpful if you don’t want to deal with the paperwork yourself.
    Expertise: ASCAP has experience navigating the legalities of the AHRA and can ensure you receive what you’re entitled to.

    Things to Consider:

    It’s Optional: You aren’t obligated to use ASCAP for AHRA royalties. You can represent yourself or use another entity.
    Fees: ASCAP may charge a fee for collecting AHRA royalties. Check their membership agreement details for any associated costs.

    Overall, letting ASCAP represent you simplifies the process and leverages their expertise. If fees aren’t a concern, it’s a safe option.

    Here are some resources for further reading:

    ASCAP Digital Audio Recording Fact Sheet: [ASCAP Digital Audio Recording Fact Sheet ON]

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