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A licensing collective is an organization that represents a group of copyright owners, defined as publishers and creators of copyrighted materials, by negotiating licensing terms and securing licensing fees, or royalties, for payment to copyright owners.
Licensing collectives are advantageous for the following reasons:
Brand development organizations also provide licensing on a collective basis to empower authors and secure immediate payment for creative innovation.
The American Society of Composers, Artists and Publishers (ASCAP) is an example of a U.S. licensing collective. The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) pays royalties to copyright holders who have obtained blanket licenses for public performances.