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|Where can I find examples of music licenses such as sync and master licenses?
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view our sample film & television music licenses. These documents are provided as samples for
your reference, and are designed as "starter"
documents to provide a basis or sample for creating your
own documents. It is always advisable to consult an
entertainment attorney when creating or working with music
contracts and agreements.
order to license a musical work for usage in film or
television, generally both the right to use the music
itself (the "sync" right, usually granted by
music publishers) and the right to use the particular sound
recording you intend to use (the "master" right,
usually granted by record companies) must be obtained.
There are some rare exceptions to this rule (such as
the "videotape" rule in the U.S. and instances
where music is accidentally picked up in the audio of
another usage, such as during an on-location newscast) but
most uses of music as part of a film or television
production require licenses from the owners of the music
and the sound recording.
If you intend to re-record
the music and create your own recording (which you will
then own and control), the master license is not necessary.
However, if you intend to use an existing recording of a
musical work, it's important to remember that you must
obtain both a sync and master license in order to legally
use that work.
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