Synchronisation Rights Agreement

Mu has a number of resources to help musicians negotiate sync contracts and agree on the terms of use for their music. We have created Template Sync licenses for tv, film and advertising that can be adapted to the variables of each deal, whether for composition rights or the use of the master recording itself. If a musician is hired to compose original music, the producer may own the work directly under a « Work-made-for hire » agreement and does not have to grant the synchronization rights separately. In such an agreement, the producer may agree to pay the musician or publisher a lump sum royalty and/or to grant a royalty to the production. As a general rule, the musician or music publisher insists on retaining partial or total ownership of the work and agrees to grant only the dubbing rights to the producer for a fixed royalty, royalty or amount based on another formula. In such cases, the producer can usually keep the cost of a synchronization license low, as the performance license fee for a commissioned work that the producer does not pay can be very lucrative for the musician and/or music publishing house. Typically, a synchronization license requires the producer to count the musician not only in production, but also in advertising and advertising activities as well as on home videos. Once the producer has made a request to the copyright administrator (and, in addition, the record label when choosing to use a famous recording), the rights holder or administrator makes an offer, usually for a « one-time royalty » (often referred to as a « sync fee » or « frontend »). [4] Royalty negotiations generally focus on how the work is used, the length of the segment, the celebrity of the cues (whether as background music, cover during the credits or other uses), and the general popularity and meaning of the song or recording. Another point of negotiation is whether or not the synchronization license constitutes a « buyout » (i.e.: Whether or not the company that will eventually broadcast the production has to pay a « backend » fee (Performance Royalty).

[5] The use of music in the production of movies, TV, video and webcasts includes synchronization rights. Sync rights refer to the right to use a piece of music as a soundtrack with visual images….

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