Whenever you record a song that someone else wrote and distribute it on DVD or
Digital video, you need a Synchronization License. This pays a royalty to the
composer of the song for the right to use their song on your new video
One common use of a Synchronization License is to record a video of yourself
playing a song that someone else wrote. This is known as a cover song. For
example, if you or your band record a video of yourselves playing the Beatles
song, "Here Comes the Sun", you would need to get a Synchronization License.
A Synchronization License is also required whenever you obtain a Master License to use a recording
that someone else made, on your DVD or Digital video. For example, if you put
the original Beatles studio recording, featuring Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr,
and George Harrison on your DVD during the credits (assuming you are able to get
permission to do so), you would also need a Mechanical License to pay a royalty
to George Harrison for the right to use his song (composition).
Synchronization Licenses are required no matter how small a portion of the song
you use. Medleys require licensing of each song part separately. Synchronization
Licenses should be secured before distribution. Reputable manufacturers require
Proof of Licensing before they press your DVDs.
Reputable web sites will remove videos with unlicensed copyrighted material.
Synchronization Licenses are custom negotiated between the licensee and the
copyright holder. This means that the copyright holder can demand any price or
deny permission altogether. We do not offer Synchronization Licenses at this
time. To get a Synchronization License, contact the publisher directly, or
for help. You can find publisher contact information for most songs in the
databases at ASCAP.com,