If you distribute Digital Downloads (MP3s), make sure to get permission for any
songs you did not write, recordings made by other people, and reprinted lyrics.
Licenses should be secured before you distribute. Reputable online stores require
Proof of Licensing before they will publish your album. You do not need to
license songs that you wrote yourself or songs that you know are in the
You pre-pay royalties
upfront for the number of downloads you anticipate. We suggest licensing what you
think you will distribute in one year. It's up to you to monitor your sales
and make sure you do not exceed what you have licensed. If necessary, you can get
a new license for additional units. Our
fees are half-price on reorders so you don't have to sweat bullets deciding
We can help you get Mechanical Licenses quickly and easily. Master and Print
licenses are custom-negotiated upfront with the copyright holder, and are a bit
more complex. For custom licensing help,
check out our Custom Licensing Assistance and Handling service, or contact us.
If your download has a song that someone else wrote, even if you
are the one playing the music.
If your download has an existing recording that someone else made,
even if it's just a small sample.
If you create a digital booklet and include song lyrics.