local and international
in the Dutch Caribbean
for song owners
Simple music licensing
How It Works
Music creators and businesses that plan to use music can get started by signing up with DUCAPRO. For music creators, this includes uploading a catalogue of works.
DUCAPRO collects license fees for the commercial use of music, then distributes those fees to music creators or affiliated international societies in the form of royalties.
What We Do
the correct use of music
in the Dutch Caribbean.
Songwriters and composers make great effort to create music and their rights must be protected. Commercial users of music must easily be able to play music publicly with the understanding that the music creators must be compensated fairly for such use.
Ducapro is the intermediary that safeguards the rights of music creators and grants licenses to commercial users of music, thereby collecting the corresponding fees and arranging for the best possible distribution of these under its affiliates.
A Ducapro license gives businesses the freedom and flexibility to use virtually any music they want in their business or at their public event - legally, ethically, and easily. Without Ducapro, businesses that use music would have to get permission and negotiate a royalty with every songwriter, lyricist, and music publisher whose work they intend to play (publicly perform) – a feat that most of us have neither the time nor the means to achieve. Instead, Ducapro makes this process simple by allowing music users to pay a relatively small fee, often once a year, which is distributed to music creators in the Dutch Caribbean and around the world through our reciprocal agreements with similar societies. The fees are distributed to our Members who are composers, authors, and publishers of music, according to distribution rules as set by Ducapro.
The performing right that DUCAPRO administers on behalf of creators of musical works and their publishers is a right granted under the Law that regulates Authors Rights.
It is the right to perform musical works in public or to communicate them to the public by telecommunication. DUCAPRO's affiliates have assigned this right to DUCAPRO to administer (i.e. collect and distribute royalties) on their behalf.
By becoming Licensed To Play music, businesses comply with the law, ensuring that the creators of that music are fairly compensated and continue to create the music that enriches your business. By law, permission to publicly perform music in business is not automatically granted when you purchase CDs, mp3s, subscribe to online music services, stream music, etc. – doing this only allows you to use the music for private (non-commercial) purposes. Similarly, when you hire musicians to play music in your establishment or at a public event, the fees paid to them are for their performance, not to compensate the authors and publishers of the songs they perform.Even when performers play their own songs, they're entitled to separate compensation for those different efforts. Performing music and creating music are two separate types of creative work, and each deserves fair compensation, even in cases where the performers are also the creators of the works. A Ducapro license grants the recipient permission to use music in a specific way.
A DUCAPRO license grants the recipient permission to use music in a specific way. Businesses may need more than one license, depending on how they use music (i.e. one for background music, one for music on hold, etc.).
Businesses may need more than one license, depending on how they use music (i.e., one for background music, one for music on hold, etc.). Ducapro tariffs and the associated fees take into consideration the value of music to a particular business. If music is integral to your operation (i.e., dance club, concert venue), then it's worth more to your business. The rates set by Ducapro reflect this value. Therefore there are different tariffs that correspond to different ways you can use music. Through agreements with international performing rights organizations, Ducapro issues licenses for all music used in public by businesses in the Dutch Caribbean, no matter to which society the creators belong. Ducapro then distributes the corresponding monies between its members and transfers the corresponding monies to the appropriate society outside of the Dutch Caribbean.
Yes, a DUCAPRO license gives you permission to use copyright-protected musical works from anywhere around the world. Through agreements with international performing rights organizations, DUCAPRO issues licenses for all music used in public by businesses in the Dutch Caribbean, no matter to which society the creators belong. DUCAPRO then transfers the corresponding monies to the appropriate society, and vice versa.\
DUCAPRO is a not-for-profit organization and the funds collected by DUCAPRO through the issuance of licenses is distributed as royalties to its affiliates and the members of DUCAPRO’s affiliated international societies. The remainder covered DUCAPRO’s operating costs, as approved by DUCAPRO’s board of directors.
DUCAPRO license fees are based on international common standards in the industry, since this matter is not regulated by law.
When you hire a band or a DJ, you are paying for their services as performing artists but not for the public performance of the music. Performing music and creating music are two separate types of creative work, and each deserves fair compensation, even in cases where the performers are also the creators of the works.
When you buy a CD or download music from a legal site, you gain the right to play music in private but not in public. Only a DUCAPRO license allows you to perform that music in public.
Yes, they are also responsible. If the promoter of an event doesn’t obtain the necessary license, the owner of the venue can be held responsible for the unlicensed performance.
A musical work enters the public domain 50 years after the year of the death of the last surviving composer/author of the work. No fees are typically due if all the works in a performance are public domain.
If you have further questions about DUCAPRO licensing, please contact DUCAPRO at license@Ducapro.com.
You can register the song, indicating the division of ownership shares and we will distribute your portion to you. Your co-writer will, unfortunately, not collect until he or she joins DUCAPRO or is a member of another Performing Rights Organization.
Music copyright belongs to the creator of the song. Typically, the producer is paid for his/her work and does not share royalties which accrue as a result of exploitation of the song.
Yes. You can claim shares if the work is in the public domain. DUCAPRO'S distributing rules provide for credits that may vary depending upon the nature of the arrangement.
DUCAPRO makes royalty payments to its members on a quarterly basis, beginning February 15 of each calendar year.
Tell us how you want the royalties allocated, and we’ll make sure the royalties are sent in the percentages you have agreed and advise Ducapro.
DUCAPRO distributes royalties collected from all commercial use of music.
While DUCAPRO works on your behalf to acquire all the necessary data to make royalty payments for performances of your music, it is possible that we don't always receive complete information. You can assist us by notifying DUCAPRO of any radio, television, concert, or international performance of your music.
DUCAPRO license fees are set preferably by agreement with the commercial music user. If no agreement is obtained it will probably be the Courts of Law that would set the ultimate fees since this matter is not regulated by law in the Dutch Caribbean.
Your distribution statement includes information about the source of radio and television performances. For additional details, please contact DUCAPRO at affliates@Ducapro.com
No processing fees are charged on incoming monies received from international societies.
If you have further questions about how DUCAPRO pays royalties, please contact DUCAPRO at or affliates@Ducapro.com.
DUCAPRO is a foundation that pursues the protection of rights of all copyright protected musical works and in connection therewith licenses the public performance and communication of the world’s repertoire of copyright-protected musical works in the Dutch Caribbean and then distributes royalties to its local affiliates and affiliated international societies.
DUCAPRO cannot act as an agent for our members in pursuing copyright claims or act on their behalf in lawsuits with publishers or with distributors. Nor can DUCAPRO affect your deals with publishers, promoters, or movie production companies. We don’t publish music and we don't register your copyright.
DUCAPRO retains no earnings. All royalties it collects, less its operating costs are passed on to its local affiliates and affiliated international societies
DUCAPRO is funded through the license fees collected from businesses that use music in the Dutch Caribbean. Revenues are also received from DUCAPRO’s international peers for the use of its members’ works around the world. As a not-for-profit organization, DUCAPRO puts a large part of the monies it collects through license fees into the pockets of music creators and publishers; the rest was used to run the organization, as approved by its Board of Directors.
The music publisher is the business partner in a musical composition. A good music publisher has the knowledge and contacts to promote a composition. Typically a publisher enters into a songwriter/publisher agreement with the songwriter, whereby the songwriter assigns ownership and control of the copyright-protected musical works to the publisher in exchange for a percentage of the income derived from the exploitation of the musical works. A reputable publisher never charges a fee for his/her service.
DUCAPRO does not require that you be established as a publisher in order for you to collect all of the royalties payable on the musical works you have created. If a work has not been assigned to a publisher, we pay 100 per cent of the royalties to the writer(s). If the work has been assigned to a publisher, the total is divided between the writer(s) and the publisher(s). However, if you wish to join DUCAPRO as a publisher, you must first meet the requirements for affiliation. The following criteria determine your eligibility:
A music publisher has signed contracts showing he/she has been assigned rights to either:
- five or more copyright musical works written or co-written by a DUCAPRO affiliate or by an affiliate of another performing rights society, or
- one or more musical work(s) written or co-written by a DUCAPRO affiliate or by an affiliate of another performing rights society, featured on a commercial recording, or
- one or more musical work(s) written or co-written by a DUCAPRO affiliate or by an affiliate of another performing rights society, included in a film or television cue sheet.
Your affiliation will be renewed every two years automatically, unless you notify us in accordance with your agreement in writing that you wish to terminate your DUCAPRO affiliation.
For music creators, affiliation is free when applying online.
Copyright generally lasts for 50 years after the author (or the last surviving author) dies. However, there are exceptions.
Yes. Copyright can expire, as just discussed. Copyright is also subject to specific statutory exceptions.
Anyone wishing to copy a song must first seek the permission of the copyright owner by obtaining a mechanical rights license.
If you wish to arrange or adapt an original copyright-protected musical work you must obtain permission from the copyright holder of that work.
Using any samples without permission of the original copyright owner may constitute copyright infringement. In that case, both the copyright owner of the recording and the copyright owner of the musical work must grant permission.
You cannot "copyright" your band’s name, but you can register the name as a trademark with the Intellectual Property Office. Ask an intellectual property lawyer for more information.
Unfortunately, DUCAPRO is unable to provide any business or legal advice. It is not the organization's role, and you would best be served by a lawyer, business consultant, manager or agent acting on your behalf.
It depends on the terms of your license. If you have not granted the licensee the right to make changes or modifications to the work, they may not have the right to do so. However, many licenses do grant that right.
It means that copyright is not infringed when a small part of a work is used for private study, research, criticism, review or newspaper summary. The exact amount of any particular work that can be used and still be considered fair dealing is an issue dealt with by a judge.
A work (including a song) falls into the public domain when the copyright has expired. After that time, anyone has the right to record it, copy it, modify it, adapt it and generally use it without obtaining permission. Of course, any new arrangement or adaptation of the work may give rise to a copyright claim.