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Licensing for Film
If you produce a movie or film, make sure to get permission for any songs you did not write, recordings made by other people, and lyrics if you show them. Licenses should be secured before you show or distribute. Reputable manufacturers require Proof of Licensing before they replicate your film. You do not need to license songs that you wrote yourself or songs that you know are in the Public Domain.

The licenses required for film, Synchronization, 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:

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

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

Print Rights
If you plan to display song lyrics.

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