As a musical artist, you create songs because it’s your passion. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t receive compensation for the work you create! Even if you don’t become a world-famous superstar, licensing your music allows you the chance to receive a passive income and credit for the work you create. If this interests you, you’ll want to keep reading to learn how to license music and how copyright infringement lawyers can help you when someone violates your rights as a musician.
What Options Do I Have to License Music?
Generally, musical artists have two options when licensing the music they create. The first option is known as a synchronization license. This grants a third party permission to use your music one time in exchange for a one-time payment. For example, a movie producer may pay you a lump sum to use a song in their upcoming film. However, this is the only time they can use the music unless you agree to subsequent uses.
A sync license has explicit terms and conditions for use. For example, you may restrict what countries or states the song can be used in, but the licensee may require you to sign exclusivity terms, preventing you from licensing the music to other brands until the terms of the license have expired.
However, you can also license your music through a Performing Rights Organization (PRO), which means you will receive compensation any time someone uses your music. However, you’ll need to ensure you include the necessary metadata so the content can be easily identified. Once you’ve licensed your work, you can upload it to various websites, allowing other creators to pay for your work without having to create a contract.
What Are the Benefits of Licensing My Music?
Whether you’re a full-time musician or someone who creates music as a secondary income, it’s important to receive compensation for the creations you’ve dedicated your time to.
Licensing your music allows you to receive the compensation you are entitled to as a musician. No one should be able to use your work for free unless you’ve created royalty-free stock music for that very reason. As such, registering your work can help you make money. Similarly, it ensures you receive the credit you deserve for your ideas and music.
Unfortunately, licensing music can be a complex and confusing process. One seemingly insignificant error leaves you vulnerable to others taking your music without permission. As such, it’s in your best interest to enlist the assistance of an experienced copyright attorney.
At CopyCat Legal PLLC, we understand that you take your music seriously. We also believe you should receive the compensation you’re entitled to for your creations. As such, we can help you license your work while holding those who violate your rights responsible. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.