Obtaining Music Synchronization Licenses

Check out this page for more information on obtaining licenses : http://www.harryfox.com/license_music/what_type_license.html

To obtain a synchronization license to music in the Sony/ATV library go to: https://www.sonyatv.com/en/synch

To obtain rights for a track that is not available for licensing through eSynch, you need to contact the publisher and sound recording owner directly. To locate publisher information, you can use the Songfile Public Search or visit:
ASCAP
BMI
SESAC
U.S. Copyright Office

Corporate Loan-Outs and Copyright Considerations

If your media company is hiring a creative individual through their loan-out company the following blog article is a beneficial source of information:

Copyright Reversions and Loan-Out Corporations

What this basically says is that if the producer is hiring someone through a loan-out corporation the producer needs to consider:

“If the Composer is not an employee of the loan-out and there is no contract in place between the Composer and the loan-out, or there is a contract which expressly states that the Score is not a WMICE, then the Score is not a WMICE and it is subject to the reversionary interest. Meaning that the rights in the Score will revert to the Composer’s estate/heirs twenty-five years after the Composer dies.”

“If the Composer is an employee of the loan-out (which would make the Score a WMICE), or there is a contract between the Composer and the loan-out which has the effect of making the Score a WMICE, then the Score is not subject to the reversionary interest, and the producer’s ownership/control of the Score is not affected by the statutory reversion.”

 

 

get a copy of either:

a) an employment agreement between the person being hired and his/her loan-out corporation that says, “work made in the course of employment” belongs to the corporation

we would need to look at whether there is a contract in place between the Composer and the loan-out. If there is a contract, we need to determine whether it is “contract of service” (which would make the Score a WMICE), rather than a “contract for services” (which would mean the Score is not a WMICE).

If the Composer is an employee of the loan-out (which would make the Score a WMICE), or there is a contract between the Composer and the loan-out which has the effect of making the Score a WMICE, then the Score is not subject to the reversionary interest, and the producer’s ownership/control of the Score is not affected by the statutory reversion.