Payment of royalties
- contract requirements
(1)A copyright owner or performing rights society may enter into a contract requiring the payment of royalties by a proprietor only if, at least three business days before the execution of the contract, the following information is provided to the proprietor, in writing:
(a)A description of the rules and terms of royalties required to be paid under the contract;
(b)A schedule of the rates and a description of the terms of royalties required to be paid under agreements executed by the copyright owner or performing rights society;
(c)In the case of a performing rights society, information concerning how to obtain a current list of the copyright owners represented by that society and the works licensed under the contract. Such list shall be made available within fourteen days by electronic means. A proprietor shall not be charged an amount in excess of the actual cost incurred by the performing rights society for providing such list.
(d)Notice, in a form prescribed by the attorney general, that the proprietor is entitled to the information contained in paragraphs (a), (b), and (c) of this subsection (1), and that the failure to provide such information shall make the performing rights society subject to the penalty provisions in section 6-13-104.
(2)Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, a proprietor may, in its sole discretion and without coercion or undue influence, execute a contract for the payment of royalties before the expiration of the three-business-day review period.
(3)A proprietor has the right to rescind a contract for the payment of royalties for three business days after execution of the contract.
(4)To be enforceable, a contract for the payment of royalties by a proprietor to a copyright owner or performing rights society must:
(a)Be in writing;
(b)Be signed by the parties;
(c)Include at least the following information:
(I)The proprietor’s name and business address and the name and location of each place of business to which the contract applies;
(II)The name and address of the performing rights society authorized to act on behalf of a copyright owner;
(III)The duration of the contract, which shall not exceed one year, but which may be automatically extended for additional terms which do not exceed one year, unless otherwise mutually agreed upon;
(IV)The schedule of rates and terms of royalties to be collected under the contract, including any sliding scale or schedule for any increase or decrease of such rates for the duration of the contract;
(V)Notice of the three-business-day rescission period described in subsection (3) of this section.
(d)Not charge a proprietor royalties for public performances, at the establishment, of nondramatic musical works for which another entity has entered into a license with the performing rights society that covers the performances by the proprietor.
(5)A copyright owner, a performing rights society, or an agent, representative, or employee of a copyright owner or performing rights society shall not:
(a)Enter onto the premises of a proprietor’s business for the purpose of discussing with the proprietor or the employees of the proprietor a contract for the payment of royalties or the use of copyrighted works without first identifying himself or herself to the proprietor or the employees of the proprietor and making known the purpose of the visit;
(b)Collect or attempt to collect a royalty payment or other fee pursuant to a contract that does not meet the requirements of this section;
(c)Engage in any coercive conduct or unfair or deceptive act or practice that is substantially disruptive of a proprietor’s business;
(d)Use or attempt to use any unfair or deceptive act or practice in negotiating with a proprietor.
(6)Nothing in this article shall be construed to prohibit a performing rights society from conducting investigations to determine the existence of music use by a proprietor or informing a proprietor of the proprietor’s obligations under the copyright laws of the United States (17 U.S.C. sec. 101 et seq.).
Section 6-13-103 — Payment of royalties - contract requirements,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-06.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).