When you want to record a song in digital or traditional format, you will first have to obtain permission from the songwriter and/or publisher. This is because the right to make copies is an exclusive right (often called the mechanical right). However, when the writer and/or publisher are members of a copyright society, such as COSCAP, the society administers the mechanical right. The producer of the sound recording will have to obtain permission from COSCAP instead. This permission is given in the form of a mechanical licence and royalties are paid based on the number of copies manufactured (CDs) or downloaded.
These royalties are then paid to the writer and/or publisher by COSCAP after a small deduction of administration costs.