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NCB provides administration and licensing services to composers, lyricists, music publishers and author societies, and issues licences to users for the recording, manufacture and distribution of music on physical as well as digital media.

Our primary market is the Nordic/Baltic region and our head office is in Copenhagen.



Digital development calls for new administration model

25 August 2016

NCB and its owners are analysing and defining a new model for how the mechanical rights attached to physical media should be administered on the Nordic market. Until further notice NCB will continue to administer its mechanical rights the same way as it has done so far.

The recent years’ accelerating development in online streaming services calls for a new model regarding the administration of mechanical rights attached to physical media on the Nordic market.

The decline in CD sales in the Nordics – being one of the most digitized music markets in the world – will now have consequences for the administration of the author rights attached to recorded music, run by NCB. Over the coming months, a thorough analysis will uncover how a future administration structure adapted to a new market reality might look like.

NCB and its owners will analyse and define a new model for how the mechanical rights at-tached to physical media best should be administered and what implications this will have on NCB. Over the coming months, NCB and its owners will – in collaboration with external consultants – prepare the analysis and a proposal will subsequently be presented at an extra-ordinary general meeting later this year.

The above described analysis will not have any effect on NCB’s current administration and how NCB acts in the interest of the authors, composers, music publishers and licensees.





Below you can read more about:

> Digital development calls for new administration model
> NCB is the connection between creators and users of music
> Division of work between NCB and other societies




NCB is the connection between creators and users of music

NCB is the connection point between the thousands of rights holders who create and own music on one side, and the many music users who reproduce music for commercial or other purposes. We ensure that the rights holders get their rightful share of royalties, and we make it easier for those who need a licence to use the music.

To cover administration costs NCB deducts a commission before distributing royalties to the rights holders. If there are no royalties due to a rights holder, no commission is charged.


Division of work between NCB and other societies

Typically, rights holders assign their rights to a society. In the Nordic/Baltic region, the rights are assigned to the national performing rights societies, who administer the rights in connection with music being played, performed or in any other way communicated to the public.

All of the Nordic/Baltic national societies have »re-assigned« the administration of reproduction rights to NCB with a view to ensure a more cost-effective and swift administration. Also, NCB has agreements with copyright societies worldwide enabling NCB to represent as large a repertoire as possible in our region.

The rights involved in online distribution of music are jointly administered by NCB and the national societies.