However, in this part of the series, we will look at Sync and Master`s licenses from the perspective of songwriters and artists who have not entered into exclusive publication or recording agreements. Since an indie artist does not have a publisher or label to negotiate synchronization and master`s licenses for her, she should have her own lawyer or, at the very least, have enough knowledge to avoid bad contracts. Lance: Great! I will send an email through an agreement memo that you can sign now to get things done. You should receive the license agreement early next week. A week later, Julie obtained the original licensing agreement. This is a combination synchronization agreement and master license that is usual. (d) In the case of a video game producer by a major game manufacturer, synch fees could be in the thousands of dollars. You can try to include a «Favorite Nation» (MFN) clause that states that if the producer pays a higher tax for another song you have negotiated, you will receive the same amount (higher). In any event, the agreement was drawn up by the network, the agency or the production company. If the music is «broadcast in public,» z.B. when the music is broadcast as part of a television show or is broadcast online as an online computer game, the songwriter can get proceeds from the Songwriter`s Performance Rights Organization or «PRO» (for example. B ASCAP, IMC, SESAC or recent Editions Global Music Rights or GMR). This income is calculated in addition to the pre-synchronization fee.
Or it`s the only income an independent songwriter receives. 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. Copyright protects «musical works,» including songs and accompanying words, as well as orchestral works, librettos and other musical compositions. Copyright also protects sound recordings, i.e. recordings of musical compositions. Independent artists/composers, who record their own songs, generally own the copyright to their songs and masters. But as soon as this artist/songwriter enters into a musical publishing agreement, she usually transfers the copyright of her songs to the publisher, and the publishing house pays her royalties from the commercial exploitation of the songs, including the «Syncs». In general, but not always, a company that wants to use the music of an independent musician for a movie, commercial, TV show or video game will offer a single down payment.
This is usually called «Sync» (even if the songwriter transfers rights to both the song and the master). The amount of the tax, if any, depends on a variety of factors, including: Lance mentions that they have $1,500 per page. This means they pay $1,500 for the sync fee and $1,500 for the master usage fee. Each PRO has rules that determine the amount to be paid for a performance in an audiovisual work. Recipes from a song in an audiovisual work can be important in certain situations. For example, if the music is used in a national tv spot broadcast on network television, the PRO licence fee may exceed the synchronization fee. For Sync Business Solo and Business Pro customers, you grant us the right to add your company name and/or business logo to our sales presentations, customer lists and websites.