Synchronization Agreement

Note that sync licenses apply to video products (DVDs, YouTube videos, other web videos and slideshows). If you`re creating a pure audio product, for example.B. CD or vinyl record, you need a mechanical license. Mechanics is only for audio-only; Sync is for video. If you use an original recording belonging to someone else (for example. B a real recording of the Beatles with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison), you need a synchronization license to pay the composer the right to use the composition (song) and also a master license to pay the artists for the right to use the recording. This also applies if you only feel a very small part of the copyrighted audio recording. Click here on Tap to learn more about licensing existing audio recordings. This is a synchronization license to a song written by a deceased party to be used in an independent film.

A music synchronization license, short for “Sync,” is a music license issued by the copyright holder of a given composition, which allows the licensee to synchronize the music with a kind of visual media output (films, television shows, commercials, video games, site music, trailer, etc.). (“sync”). [1] A sync license is required, no matter how small the song you`re using. For medleys, each part of the song requires a separate sync license. There are a few exceptions for which no sync license is required: you don`t need a sync license for songs you`ve written yourself or for songs that are in the public domain. Every time you post a recording of a song written by someone else in a video format, even if it`s only a small part of the song, you need a sync license. Sync licenses are most used for YouTube videos, cover song videos, wedding videos, and commercial and corporate videos. For example, if you post a YouTube video of your band playing a Rolling Stones song, even if you only use part of the song, you`ll need a sync license. If you like a DVD playing a Beach Boys song or singing Lyrics by Mariah Carey, you need a sync license. Once the producer has applied to the copyright administrator (and in addition to the label when opting for a famous recording), the rights holder or administrator makes an offer, usually in exchange for a “single fee” (often called “Sync-Geb-hr” or “Front-End”).

[4] Royalty negotiations generally concern the manner in which the work is used, the length of the segment, the fame of the Cues (whether as background music, the title during credits or other uses) and the general popularity and meaning of the song or recording. Another point of the negotiation is whether the synchronization license constitutes a “buyout” (i.e. whether the company that finally issues the production must pay a “backend” fee (Performance Royalty). [5] If you post texts or music notes in your video, you will need a print license to pay the composer the right to display the composition (song). Click here on Tap to learn more about the print license. Sync license fees can range from a few hundred dollars free to millions of dollars for popular song recordings[6] (if the producer has to pay for both the use of the “Master” audio recording and for composition). The rights to a composition or “song” that differs from the studio recording[2] are most often managed by the publishing house representing the author/producer. A sound recording has two distinct copyrights: [3] If an audio/visual project producer wishes to use a recording in his work, he must contact both the owner of the sound recording (the performer`s record label) and the owner of the composition (songwriter`s edition). In many cases, producers with tight budgets use