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What Are Mechanical Royalty Rates?

Statutory Royalty Rates


HFA offers statutory rate licensing for physical permanent digital downloads, limited downloads, interactive streaming, and ringtones.

The statutory mechanical royalty rate for physical formats (CDs, cassettes, LPs) and permanent digital downloads is:

9.10¢ per copy for songs 5 minutes or less, or
1.75¢ per minute or fraction thereof, per copy for songs over 5 minutes.


To view rate charts, click here.

The statutory mechanical royalty rate for ringtones is 24¢ per copy.

The rates for interactive streams and limited downloads are determined by a number of factors including service offering type, licensee type, service revenue, recorded content expense, and applicable performance royalty expense. To view rate charts, click here.

Licenses issued after March 1, 2009 are subject to interest for late payments of 1.5% a month, or 18% a year.

These rates will remain in effect until the next schedule of mechanical licensing rates is determined.


Historical Royalty Rates


For the period 01/01/06 to 12/31/07
9.1¢ for songs 5 Minutes or less
or
1.75¢ per minute or fraction thereof for songs over 5 Minutes

For the period 01/01/04 to 12/31/05
8.5¢ for songs 5 Minutes or less
or
1.65¢ per minute or fraction thereof for songs over 5 Minutes

FFor the period 01/01/02 to 12/31/03
8.00¢ for songs 5 Minutes or less
or
1.55¢ per minute or fraction thereof for songs over 5 Minutes

For the period 01/01/00 to 12/31/01
7.55¢ for songs 5 Minutes or less
or
1.45¢ per minute or fraction thereof for songs over 5 Minutes

For the period 01/01/98 to 12/31/99
7.10¢ for songs 5 Minutes or less
or
1.35¢ per minute or fraction thereof for songs over 5 Minutes

For the period 01/01/96 to 12/31/97
6.95¢ for songs 5 Minutes or less
or
1.30¢ per minute or fraction thereof for songs over 5 Minutes

For the period 01/01/94 to 12/31/95
6.60¢ for songs 5 Minutes or less
or
1.25¢ per minute or fraction thereof for songs over 5 Minutes

For the period 01/01/92 to 12/31/93
6.25¢ for songs 5 Minutes or less
or
1.20¢ per minute or fraction thereof for songs over 5 Minutes

For the period 01/01/90 to 12/31/91
5.70¢ for songs 5 Minutes or less
or
1.10¢ per minute or fraction thereof for songs over 5 Minutes

For the period 01/01/88 to 12/31/89
5.25¢ for songs 5 Minutes or less
or
1.00¢ per minute or fraction thereof for songs over 5 Minutes

For the period 01/01/86 to 12/31/87
5.00¢ for songs 5 Minutes or less
or
0.95¢ per minute or fraction thereof for songs over 5 Minutes

For the period 07/01/84 to 12/31/85
4.50¢ for songs 5 Minutes or less
or
0.85¢ per minute or fraction thereof for songs over 5 Minutes

For the period 01/01/83 to 06/30/84
4.25¢ for songs 5 Minutes or less
or
0.80¢ per minute or fraction thereof for songs over 5 Minutes

For the period 07/01/81 to 12/31/82
4.00¢ for songs 5 Minutes or less
or
0.75¢ per minute or fraction thereof for songs over 5 Minutes

For the period 01/01/78 to 06/30/81
2.75¢ for songs 5 Minutes or less
or
0.50¢ per minute or fraction thereof for songs over 5 Minutes

For the period Before 01/01/78
2.00¢ for all songs





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