If you distribute DVDs, or a digital video for the web, 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 manufacturers
require Proof of Licensing before they press your DVDs. Reputable web sites
will remove videos with unlicensed copyrighted material. You do not need to license
songs that you wrote yourself or songs that you know are in the
The licenses required for video, 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.
If your video has a song that someone else wrote, even if you are
the one playing the music.
If your video has an existing recording that someone else made,
even if it's just a small sample.
If you plan to display lyrics or the music notes of a song in your
video, or print them on your DVD insert.