Sync Licensing Income for Songwriters

image

Songwriters may make money from public performance fees (such as when someone does the song at a concert) and mechanical licenses (such as when a record company pays the publisher for using the song on a CD sold to the public). Another source of income for songwriters can come from synchronization licenses.

The formal name used is “synchronization license fees” but I will use the shorthand term of “sync fees.” When a third party wants to synchronized visual images with a musical composition, the copyright owner may agree to permit the use in exchange for sync fees.

The syncing does not need to involve precise synchronization of the music to video images, such as when lip-syncing. Syncing in this context merely means that the music coincides with the visual images in some way.

Examples of syncing include music videos, songs in movie soundtracks, and instrumental background scores for movies and television.

The music publishers often split sync fees with songwriters on a 50% basis.

The copyright owner has the right to refusal, unlike compulsory mechanical licenses. Thus sync fees depend on how much the copyright owner wants to get and how much the user wants to pay.

About freddouglas
Attorney registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Litigation in state and federal courts, copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, entertainment law, general litigation. https://www.avvo.com/assets/badges-v2.jsLawyer Frederic Douglas | Featured Attorney Litigation

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: