If you’re looking to use someone’s music that you don’t have the rights to, you’ll need to get some form of official license from the copyright holder. These types of licenses are pervasive in every aspect of the music industry, but the ways in which music licensing works is changing across the board. Here we look at how.
When you need to use a piece of music that you do not own the rights to, it usually means that you require a license from the copyright holder. This can take the form of a mechanical license, which covers the reproduction and distribution of a work, or a sync license, which is required when one utilizes another’s work in a visual piece such as a movie. Licenses exist in almost all areas of an artist’s life, and whether they are represented by a label, publisher, or even as an independent, it is crucial to be aware of how this part of the industry is changing.