CAPASSO and Muserk deal comes amid uncertainty about update to South Africa’s copyright law.
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s largest mechanical rights organization, the Composers, Authors and Publishers Association (CAPASSO), has partnered with Muserk, a global music rights administrator focusing on the digital space, to help collect royalties from music streaming services in North and South America.
Muserk, based in New York, will collect CAPASSO’s mechanical rights from YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Pandora, Tidal and Deezer, as well as from YouTube in Brazil and Canada, the company says. As a result of the deal, African artists should receive more revenue, the companies say. To date, Muserk has been privately funded.
“In light of the increased international spotlight on African music, it is imperative to our members that the management of African musical works improves so that authors, composers, and publishers collect all of the royalties that they have earned — quickly and transparently,” Jotam Matariro, CAPASSO’s CEO, says in a statement announcing the partnership.