All You Need To Understand The Licensing Platform

Here's a simple, comprehensive breakdown of the inner workings inside the licensing world of music, perfect for video creators.

Branko Collin
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Royalty free music can be a little tricky to understand in a legal sense, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be broken down in a simple way. The word free can often be misinterpreted. But trust us, there’s no need for a lawyer to get involved. To keep it simple, we’ll take a look at the various licensing packages we offer and break them down one by one.

Copyright

A good place to start is understanding Copyright laws. If one owns a copyright, lets say to a song, then they have the right to decide who can copy and do what with it. This is based on intellectual property. The key thing to know about music is that each individual recording actually includes two separate and distinct copyrights:


  1. A song will hold a copyright within itself. This is often referred to as a “Composition” or “Publishing” rights. Once the song, lyric or melody is recorded and in tangible form, you have created a Composition copyright (assuming the fact that it is all original). This allows the composer to decide whether or not to sell the those rights off, say to a Music Publishing company.
  2. Master recordings. This refers to the the individual or company who produced the song. This differs from the Publishing rights due to the fact that the Master recording doesn’t go to the songwriter, they hold the Composition rights. The recording company would own the Master recording.

Now that we have a pretty simple breakdown of the two important copyright laws, lets take a look at what Amazing Music Tracks offers as licensing options to the music. We’ll also take a look at the different pricing arrangements for all licenses.

 The Standard License

(Standard Licenses require purchase of only the cue)

This license permits usage of the Amazing Music Tracks music as follows:

  • In free iPhone/iPad/Android/Facebook apps, podcasts, softwares and games.
  • In both free and paid, non-downloadable causal games played exclusively via a web browser.
  • In Television, radio, wedding videos and corporate videos (except for use in a Radio or TV advertisement).
  • On the world wide web, including web videos, slideshows, YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and on websites.
  • In film festivals (both student and professional).

 The Television & Radio Show License

(TV & Radio Show License requires purchase of cue + $25 USD per track)
  • Includes unlimited needle drops in a single project or series in perpetuity.
  • In a TV series and minserie.
  • In a “made for TV” film and/or documentary.
  • In a Talk Show and Unscripted (reality) show.
  • In a News program.

 The Television & Radio Advertisement License

(TV & Radio Show Advertisement License requires purchase of cue + $100 – $250 USD per track)
  • For Music used in Local/Regional advertisements played on TV or Radio (with a range of 250 miles in all directions from the broadcast center), the price per cue + $100 USD.
  • For Music used in Nationwide/Worldwide advertisements played on TV or Radio, the price per cue + $250 USD.

     The Mass Reproduction License

(Mass Reproduction License requires purchase of cue + $100 – $250 USD per track)
  • This license is only required if you wish to make over 1,000 physical/tangible reproductions of your product or to utilize the music a paid.
  • iPhone/iPad/Android/Facebook app., podcasts, software and/or games where more than 1,000 copies will be downloaded.

 

 The Theatrical/Commercial Film Release License

(For Worldwide rights; Theatrical/Commercial License requires purchase of cue + $250 USD per track)
  • This license is only required for commercial film releases and theatre presentations. Utilisation of the music in non-commercial, educational and editorial projects, like student films and contest submissions is included on the Standard License.

How to find the perfect music for your creative projects

  • You can certainly browse the Amazing Music Tracks catalog for great music but check out this article on how to find the perfect music for a commercial purpose.

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