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Rights disputes

This description concerns disputes which only involve Koda members. Other conditions may apply if the dispute involves members from other societies.
What is a rights dispute?  

A rights dispute arises when there is reasonable doubt about the rights to a work. Some typical examples of reasonable doubt include:

  • Disagreement between the author and music publisher about a publishing contract.

  • Disagreement between authors about the allocation of shares for a work. 

  • In cases where a work is accused of plagiarism.

If the dispute can be settled administratively, e.g. by means of Koda’s rules on the allocation of shares, it is not a case of reasonable doubt.

Typical examples of non-reasonable doubt include: 
  • Failure to comply with the terms and conditions for the agreed allocation of shares or for the share allocated to an arranger.

  • Exceeding the limit stipulated for shares allocated to music publishers.

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What should you do if you are involved in a dispute?

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