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Artists are demanding that their music is pulled out of Russia

When you’re a songwriter, you depend on performing rights organizations (PROs) to collect money when your song receives any kind of public performance. Every country has its PROs. For example, Canada has SOCAN while the US has BMI, ASCAP, and SEASAC.

In the case of Russia, its PRO is called RAO. There’s now a petition with artists demanding that their PRO sever ties with RAO, effectively preventing their songs from being licensed in Russia. Here’s a screenshot.

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