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 your quantity.
We can help you get Mechanical Licenses. Master and Print licenses are
custom-negotiated upfront with the copyright holder. We do not offer
custom-negotiated licenses at this time. For these, you will need to contact the
copyright holder directly.
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
even if it's just a small sample.
If you create a digital booklet and include song lyrics.
If you include song lyrics in your liner note insert.