Sync Agreements

Negotiations over sync rights become relevant whenever someone wants to use your music or your client`s music in combination with visual images such as movies, TV shows, video games, or YouTube videos. Many lawyers write articles about the legal issues you may encounter during a typical synchronization procedure. But the truth is that there is no “typical” when it comes to your music. It is essential to know the practical considerations that advance your discussion about the extent, length, and price of potential licensed uses. This is a sync license for a song written by a deceased party for use in an independent movie. For example, if Verizon wants to use the AC/DC song “Back In Black” for a TV commercial campaign, it must obtain a sync license from the song`s publishers. I wrote a song with a co-writer, but I produced the song myself, so I have the master`s degree. So my question is: if I have co-authors but I have the master`s degree, I still have to get permission (a written agreement) from the co-authors or I can enter into a synchronization agreement without their consent/collaboration (as long as I pay the co-author his 50% share of composers` royalties when I hold them?) Whenever you publish a recording of a song written by someone else in a video format, even if it is only a small part of the song, you need a sync license. Sync licenses are the most used for YouTube videos, pocket song videos, wedding videos, and commercial and corporate videos. For example, if you publish a YouTube video of your band playing a Rolling Stones song, you`ll need a sync license, even if you`re only using part of the song.

If you`re releasing a DVD of yourself playing a beach boys song or singing lyrics by Mariah Carey, you need a sync license. You have a reputation for getting a lot of investment, but the offers aren`t great. A default non-exclusive library agreement is that the library collects 100% of the publication and usually 50% of the synchronization….

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