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Legal framework for Sync Licensing
Can I terminate my licensing agreement with your company?
Yes you can.
You will just need to let us know by the method listed in the contract. After a certain processing period your music will be taken down from the systems. Keep in mind though, if your music was licensed for any deal prior to termination, that license and usage will remain valid and in effect.
What qualifies a sample as “Cleared”?
Samples that are “cleared” include:
- Samples purchased from Loopmasters, Beatport Sounds, or any similar authorized sample seller under a lifetime, worldwide, royalty-free license
- A sample used for which you obtained explicit permission via a mechanical license contract from the original owners of the underlying musical composition; if you also sample the master recording in your song, you must obtain permission via contract from the original owners of the master.
Note: An uncleared sample is uncleared whether it’s three seconds or 30 seconds, you must obtain the required permissions.
Can I submit to licensing as a record label owner?
Please review your artist-label contract in thorough detail. What rights do you claim in your contract?
Delivering music to licensing companies is an entirely different game from selling music on partners such as Beatport, iTunes, Spotify, etc. This is because the entity who delivers the content must pre-clear and pre-approve the music for licensing on both the master recording side and the publishing side.
Therefore, in order to deliver your label’s music to licensing companies, you must by contract have the right to grant master use and synchronization licenses on behalf of your artist/songwriter. All owners of the songs you deliver must give their permission, and the smartest way to do this is through a legal contract.
If your record label has nothing in regards to master & synchronization licensing mentioned in your artist-label contract, it is strongly recommended that you update your contract via a contract addendum or other method in order to state this explicitly. Otherwise, you technically do not have the right to deliver your artists’/songwriters’ songs to licensing companies.
Be smart and protect yourself. In this matter, we cannot stress the importance of being as detailed and thorough as possible in your artist-label contracts.