broadcast live or recorded music on television, make sure to get permission for
any songs you did not write, recordings made by other people, and lyrics you
show. You may need a combination of Master, Synchronization, Public Performance,
and Print rights, depending on how you use the music. You do not need to license
songs that you wrote yourself or songs that you know are in the
Synchronization, 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.
Artists whose music appears on television often do not need to secure Public
Performance Rights because they are covered by the station. Station operators
need to secure Public Performance rights. Expect to report your playlists and
percentage of your revenues to three agencies that distribute the royalties to the
In the United States, all Public
Performance Rights are handled by three agencies. If you are unsure whether you
need Public Performance Rights, you should contact these agencies.
Public Performance Rights
If you will perform music live in or broadcast recorded
If you broadcast a recorded video that has a song that someone
If you broadcast a recorded video that has an existing recording that someone
If you plan to display lyrics or the music notes of a song in