Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. Please seek an attorney for legal advice.
During the last entertainment law feature, we spoke with Davey Jay, an entertainment and intellectual property lawyer at Meehle and Jay Business and Entertainment Law in Orlando, Florida, about trademarks: what they are and why musicians should care. She now comes back to share information about music licensing, including the benefits, different kinds of licensing, and whether or not you should license your music.
Did you know that there are more than 900,000 royalty payments for artists and songwriters? Yes, 900,000! In addition to physical sales, digital downloads, and streaming, licensing your music to films, video games, and TV shows is another excellent method to get your name out there and earn some extra (and deserved) revenue.
UNDERSTANDING THE VARIOUS LICENSES
Before you license your music, it’s important to understand that there are different types of licenses. Those differing types of licenses come with varying sorts of permissions. “Copyright law grants the owner of the work a set of exclusive rights: public performance, public display, distribution, reproductions, and the creation of derivative works (to modify or make something new based on it [such as a remix]),” states Jay. “The music industry has three common licenses: public performance, mechanical, and synchronization.