Sample Mechanical License Agreement

Like other agreements, a mechanical license contains certain points that you should understand before entering into the agreement. The Harry Fox agency has a fairly simple licensing process and can be done online. However, for independent songwriters and music publishers, it can be otherwise and most often done on paper. It is summarized below: Beginning in the 1920s, a mechanical royalty was originally the amount paid to a music publishing house for the right to mechanically reproduce a song or musical composition on a player`s piano roll. However, the license is subject to the payment of royalties of a legal amount. The legal rate is set by law and is currently 9.1 cents for songs with a length of 5 minutes or less, or 1.75 cents per minute, or a fraction of them for songs longer than 5 minutes. Many times the author is also the recorder or when the record is sold through record clubs, the label receives a reduction in the mechanical royalty. A songwriter`s publishing house must agree to the label publicly distributing their music. This is done by a mechanical license issued to the label. A mechanical license pays a royalty to the copyright owner (owner) of the requested composition (Song).

It is usually the composer or his publisher. Sometimes, however, mechanical rights change ownership, for example.B. when sold. If mechanical rights are sold, a song may have a new owner who is not the original composer or publisher. For this reason, it is important to find the current copyright before making a mechanical application. If we take care of your mechanical license, we search and discover the current copyright holders for free. All mechanical royalties are paid to the publisher(s) of the work. Publishers then distribute their share to the author/composer(s) in the royalties, as defined in their music contract. 1.) Date of agreement 2.) Your name (“owner”) – if you have an agreement with a songwriter, this is the name of the songwriter. Otherwise, it`s the name of the music publishing house.

3.) Licensee`s name – your name or company name/licensee`s company name. 4.) Title of the works – here is the list of tracks you want under license. 5.) Songwriter of the works 6.) The extent of the mechanical license – for example. B the right to record, reproduce, market, sell and distribute the work. You may also grant the licensee an exclusive (very rare) or non-exclusive license. This should be clearly expressed in the agreement. This process requires the granting of a music license to the record label by a mechanical license. Note that mechanical licenses only apply to audio products (CDs, digital downloads, interactive audio streams). If you create a visual product, for example.

B a slideshow or video, you will need a sync license. Mechanical is only for audio; Sync is for video. , and that the owner has the right to grant the license contained therein.. . . .

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