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Licensing for Digital Downloads
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 Public Domain.

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 your quantity.

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.
You might need:

Mechanical License
If your download has a song that someone else wrote, even if you are the one playing the music.

Master License
If your download has an existing recording that someone else made, even if it's just a small sample.

Print Rights
If you create a digital booklet and include song lyrics.

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