The music industry relies on royalties generated by the licensing of copyrighted songs and recordings as a primary form of payment for musicians. Intellectual property law and licensing systems have gone through significant adjustments over recent years as a result of the rise of digital music, but much of the industry’s historic legal framework remains.
Let’s take a look at the “need of rights” from two perspectives. The first part would be if you need to use licensed, copyrighted music from the public domain, in your film, video presentation or any other public context, and the second part is where you want to own full rights on a instrumental or any other music rights type. The first part is the most complicated if the music you are trying to use has multiple parties with rights, but it’s not impossible to get a grasp of it.
Type of rights
- Most common is to buy full rights, which allow you to use the music without any restrictions.
- Television rights allow you to use the music in a television production were prices can change acording to the nature of the program.
- Video rights where you can use the music in your publicity film.
- Internet rights allow you to use the music on your website, software and online domain.
- Non-theatre allow you to use the music in a non-public context like festivals, and are most less expensive to obtain, most of music has this right as you buy original release.
Of course, before you start contacting anyone, you need to make an exact plan, to help determinate what rights suits you best. Rights prices can variate of the context you will use the music production.
After you decide all the aspect, next step is to :
Contact music publishers
Search for music’s publisher website, cd & vinyl cover for contact information. As you are in contact with the rights holder will help you offer the kind of rights you need to fit to your plan.
You’ll have to negotiate a contract to buy the rights to the song, and your contract should explicitly state that the owner is relinquishing all rights. You won’t be able to post the song online, play it on a radio station or alter the song in any way until the copyright holder has signed over his/hers rights.
Usually there is a need for wait, for the publisher to answer, that can range between 2 and 8 weeks for a price request. Also there could be different options, but that is up to your plan and needs.
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