Digital Music Licensing is the process of licensing the use of copyrighted music in a digital format. It is intended to ensure that the copyright owners on musical works are compensated for certain uses of their work. CAPASSO’s digital licences cater for all current and future forms of service types such as downloads, ringback tones, streaming, video on-demand and online radio. Its partnership with the South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), accompanied by its established Bureau International de l'Edition Mecanique (BIEM) membership, truly make it a convenient and efficient hub for digital licensing across the African continent.

Please note that CAPASSO does not licence the Master Right (Use of the physical sound recordings) and this should be licensed directly from the relevant Master Right owner


    CAPASSO’s digital licenses provision for licensing across the African continent. Specifically in the following territories: South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Botswana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Benin, Burkina-Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome e Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Togo, and Uganda.


    CAPASSO requires services to submit usages reports on a quarterly/monthly basis, including accurate title, performer and composer details. Invoices will be issued upon receipt of each quarterly/monthly report. Please consult the CAPASSO reporting template (Please make this a hyperlink to the attached CAPASSO reporting template document)


    a. Completed CAPASSO Digital Licence Application Form
    b. Company presentation with detailed history and shareholder information
    c. Comprehensive business plan of the service
    d. A minimum of twelve months revenue projection including CAPASSO percentage as per the below rates
    e. Marketing plan (Including launch date and marketing strategies and provisions)
    f.  Status of Master Rights/Needletime licensing if applicable


    The Mechanical Right refers to the right to mechanically “fix” the song onto a recording medium and reproduce it, such as copying a song onto a CD or a digital download.


a. Downloadable Digital Licence Application Form
b. Please complete and submit the Digital Licence Application form, along with all accompanying documents, to