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Beenie Man will not be able to perform alongside Nicki Minaj on BET tomorrow because of visa issues. The international recording star does not have a US work permit, and if he were to perform on a visitor's visa, it would be a clear violation of the terms under which the visa was issued to him.


It is not clear whether Beenie's performance on a major TV station would qualify for a royalty distribution but his management team is taking no chances.

"We have been advised that his appearance on BET would be considered as a paid performance because the station has to pay over royalties for live performances, so it would be a clear violation of the terms of his visitor's visa so we decided to not take the risk and comply with the US Embassy," 'Blue' Smith, Beenie Man's manager said.

Performance royalties are tracked and paid out by the performance rights organizations like ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and SoundExchange.

When the song is registered with one of the performing rights organizations mentioned above, it becomes part of that PRO's collection and is available to all of its users. Most of those users have a "blanket license" to use any or all of the PRO's music, however some users license on a per program basis and only pay for the music they actually use.

For television performances, some organisations depend on cue sheets that program producers provide them, as well as program schedules, network and station logs, and even tapes of the broadcasts. Some have even developed their own computer programmes to help studios and program producers report performances.

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