Mechanical payments are those that are owed to songwriters every time one of their compositions are reproduced, whether in a physical format or digital format (including both downloads and streaming). If you are distributing a recording of a song that has been written by someone else, then mechanical payments to the songwriter or publisher will be owed.
All digital services will license and pay the mechanical royalties owed to the publisher/songwriter worldwide on your behalf.
For all territories except the United States, Pakistan, India and Mexico, digital services will license and pay mechanical royalties owed to the publisher/songwriter on your behalf. For music distributed to these four territories, it is the responsibility of the recording artist to license and pay mechanical royalties for downloads. For more information on licensing in the United States, please visit the Harry Fox Agency. Furthermore, your CSV statements available in the Portal include a ‘Mechanicals Included’ column to indicate on which royalties you are responsible for paying mechanicals.