MPAA works closely with other organizations to preserve and protect the rights of songwriters, composers, publishers, artists, manufacturers and distributors in the music. The MPAA also works with government bodies, including but not limited to the Copyright Office, to maintain and protect the copyright in sound recordings and other copyrighted work. The Music Publishers Association is a voluntary organization. Its membership consists of the major music publishers of the United States and Canada.
The legal protection provided by the MPAA is designed to promote the sales and revenue opportunities for music creators. However, the protection offered by the MPAA does not cover all types of musical works. The music publisher or artist may retain exclusive rights in their recorded music. They can also choose to obtain licenses from record labels or publishers to grant them exclusive rights to use a song. In addition to exclusive rights, some music publishers or artists are able to acquire a license to use other artists’ musical works such as a cover version or recording of a song.
To maintain its authority as the leading music industry association in the United States and Canada, the MPAA has established the Music Publishers Rights Management Association (MPRA). The MPRA oversees all aspects of the music publishing industry including music publisher registration, royalty payment, licensing and other related responsibilities. The organization also publishes an annual Copyright Guidelines Bulletin. These documents are important documents that provide essential information to copyright holders and artists on the rights and obligations associated with copyrights.
MPAA Public Administration is a division within the music publishing organization. It is responsible for the management and operation of the MPAA’s mission, the development of its policies and procedures, its management of its resources, its administration of its copyright collections, its compliance with state and federal laws and its other administrative activities. It manages the affairs of the Association’s Office of Membership and Compliance, Office of the General Counsel, Office of the Special Counsel, and Office of the Secretary.
There are three MPAA offices in the United States. Each office handles its own distinct responsibilities. The Office of Membership and Compliance manages the registration and renewal process of members, manages accounts receivable collections, and provides services to the Membership as well as provides general membership assistance.
The Office of the General Counsel supervises the representation and defense of claims made by members in disputes. It coordinates the legal issues arising between members and the legal system, provides legal advice and representation to members in disputes involving their copyrights and represents their interests before legislative committees and courts.
The Office of the Secretary administers the membership benefit plan, administers the funds it receives as a member and maintains records of the membership. In addition, it is responsible for the preparation and submission of annual financial reports. It performs audits, assists with the management and enforcement of the organization’s policies, and provides general membership assistance.
The Office of the Special Counsel coordinates the representation and defense of claims made by members in disputes involving their copyrights. It provides legal assistance and representation to members in disputes involving their copyrights and represents their interests before legislative committees and courts.
The other MPAA offices in the United States are located throughout the United States and Canada. The offices provide general membership assistance to members and conduct seminars on issues of interest to members.
MPAA Public Administration is one of the most important and influential divisions within the music industry. The organization maintains the membership of the Association and controls a vast collection of its resources. As a member of the membership association, the members are protected from copyright violations by its policies, administration of its resources and the legal responsibility of its members.