Licensing a piece of music requires some, or all, of these clearances:
- Synchronization Rights: Permission to use an underlying composition in your video project. Sync rights are obtained from the publishers who represent writers (composers and lyricists) or their heirs. Many licenses require syncs from multiple publishers representing different writers, and each must be separately negotiated and contracted.
- Master Rights: Permission from the owner of the sound recording to use that specific recording. A popular song may have dozens of different master recordings, each controlled by a different record label, library or independent artist.
- Performer Rights: Permission from the artist(s) who performed on that master recording is also required. Record companies are including tougher language in their contracts to assure union payment obligations are adhered to.
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