Performances royalties are usually tracked and calculated on a regular basis, they are paid to the Artist by the performance rights organizations like ASCAP, BMI, SESAC. Sound Exchange and YouTube are tracking all content on the web and paying royalties directly to the creators/owners of the artwork.
Local Business Landscape
Bangladesh Judiciary System has a limited IP Protection and Copyrights task force, meaning it does not protect the artists - musicians, performers, writers, actors of software entities’ work. This is a very big mistake; it reduces to zero any foreign investments and allows India and other countries to rip off local musicians. The major recording labels in Bangladesh are fully aware of the Judiciary System limited understanding of IP Protection and unwillingness to enforce Copyrights Law. The lack of enforcement iis a tremendous blow to the Entertainment , Publishing and Software industry as a whole, it prevents companies from investing and sharing revenue and growh with Bangladesh artists and abroad. The lack of legal enforcement allowed the Record Labels to profit and acquire revenue in the $$$ Millions.
Did you know that bands such as Warfaze, Black, Arbovirus and many more are collecting a fraction of what is actually due to them? How is it possible that 1 hit song in the West makes you a millionaire? Royalties, Concerts, Telco Ads – combined makes any artists or a band millionaire in any other country. What’s up with Bangladesh? Yes, Music and Entertainment IS BIG BUSINESS. Recording Labels are the millionaire – not the bands, thanks to an unregulated market, they suppressed the artists and wannabe musicians/bands for years, all too happy to get a record deal, be touring and on their way to fame. Adding insult to injury the record labels directly employed the artists/musicians as appeasement for “little compensation”.
The Disruptor - YouTube Content Creator
YouTube is becoming the authority as the Content Creator Platform of choice, Soon, it will provide all the tools you need to create content – sound recording, videos, marketing and merchandising platform. You can create, upload, distribute and monetize your content and get paid directly by YouTube. The Music Industry is evolving through online services and online distribution, you can create your own label, be the owner and publisher your work and monetize all in one place. Sure, nothing like a live concert to “feel an audience”, however large venues provide limited intimacy and connections with your audience small venues and Live Streaming can be the complementary tool.
Technology is a great disruptor – start here https://creatoracademy.youtube.com/page/home
Have you noticed the changes on YouTube lately? They are curating content and taking down illegal uploads -whoever posted the content and if not the owner or nor permission to use – the track is being removed. This is a major step for any content creator. The search algorithm and pattern matching combine with AI can identify in seconds any melody/song and trace it back to its original owner or publisher of that artwork. You cannot hide anymore by ripping off other people's work – since many Artists, pop musicians and rock bands in Bangladesh did copy western melodies, the record labels and the artists would be wise to remove those songs else they will soon discover how much they owe to the original authors/publishers and Western Record Labels (Sony, EMI, WARNER, etc.).
ILLEGAL DOWNLOAD IS CATCHING UP WITH YOU ALONG WITH COVER SONGS
Yes, illegal downloads and piracy hurt the artists, their brand, but more so you are stealing the legitimacy of someone's work - everyone needs to get paid for their work - so consume and use ethically. Be aware of recording concerts or anything without the authorization of the artists or publishers -if the content is not yours or proof that you own it or have the right to it – you cannot use the work in any form or shape be a cover song or a jingle. You need a contract that gives you the legal rights to use.
Artists must register their work outside of Bangladesh or even reach out to outside recording and publishing music house outside of Bangladesh.
If you composed a song/melody then register it. Once you do so, anyone who uses that melody/song for any form of broadcasting mediums such as Radios, TVs, Concerts or Mobile/Telecom in order to advertise product(s) other than yours and without your consent - it is illegal and they owe you money/royalty fees. You have the right to legal action and compensation -register the case in Bangladesh and outside of Bangladesh - you will win the case.
Use YouTube to put your work out there, TikTok, Instagram all those platforms are great for awareness. The music genre such as Baul is a great example of Bangladesh Artists who gained fame while touring in India, Germany, UK, France, US, Sweden etc., they secured the protection of their arts and work and went on to sign recordings agreements with European Recording Labels.
Artists all across Bangladesh should unite and create a Bangladesh Performance Rights Organization that would represent their needs and protect all forms of artwork. promote Bangla as a language and culture.
As an Artist, you must register your work with ALL 3 organizations ASCAP, BMI, SESAC - if releasing internationally on a platform like YouTube or Spotify or CloudEx change or iTunes, etc.
1. Royalty begins when the song is registered with the performing rights organizations
2. Once a song is registered, it becomes part of a PRO's collection and is available to all of its users.
3. One type of Users may have a "blanket license" to use any or all of the PRO's music,
4. Other users license on a per program basis and only pay for the music they actually use.
5. The PROs deduct money for their operating expenses and the rest goes to the songwriters and publishers.
6. PRO customers include just about anyone who plays music in a public place -- even those who play "hold" music for their business.
7. Television networks, cable television stations, radio stations, background music services like, colleges and universities, concert presenters, symphony orchestras, Web sites, bars, restaurants, hotels, theme parks, elevators, retailers, circuses, you name it -- if they play YOUR music, they must have license and pay YOU royalties.