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Print License
Permission to print the sheet music, notes, or lyrics of a song that someone else wrote.

Print licenses are custom-negotiated upfront with the copyright holder, and are a bit more complex. If you need help, please contact us.

Whenever you print the sheet music, notes or lyrics of a song that someone else wrote, you need a Print License. This pays a royalty to the composer of the song for the right to reprint their composition.

In a nutshell, this means you cannot make photocopies of musical compositions without permission. If all you need is sheet music, you can simply purchase copies at,, your favorite music retailer, or from the publisher directly. However, if you need to reprint lyrics or music in your own creation or compilation, a Print License is necessary.

Common uses of Print Licenses include printing lyrics in album liner notes and creating new arrangements of existing compositions.

Print Licenses are custom negotiated between the licensee and the copyright holder. This means that the copyright holder can demand any price or deny permission altogether. For print licensing help, check out our Custom Licensing Assistance and Handling service, or contact us.

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