When your project demands more than basic cover song licensing, Easy Song Licensing’s
Custom Assistance is the answer. One payment of $49 gets you everything you need
to submit your requests to the copyright holders and clear the rights you need.
Upgrade to Custom Handling for $50 and we will process the request for you.
Usually not. Most cover songs can be easily obtained in 1-2 business days for a
small fee of $14.99 or less:
click here to order
your cover song licenses. However, if you
change the lyrics, the fundamental melody (general rearrangement is allowed
however), or otherwise don't fit within the
compulsory law limitations,
custom licensing is necessary.
If you use music that other people created, no matter how you use it, you need to
get a license. This is true even if you are giving away your project for free, or
if it's for a non-profit. No matter the use, we can help you get the permission
you need. There are two scenarios we handle:
1) If you recorded a cover song, usually you do not need a custom
license. However, some exceptions apply:
If you changed the lyrics or melody (more than general rearrangement) you
need a custom license.
If you want to use a song that has never been released, you need a custom license.
If you want to license retroactively (a previous release of yours), you need a custom
If you intend to release for any purpose other than private listening (performance,
karaoke), you need a custom license.
If you wish to license an international song, not copyrighted in the United States,
you need a custom license.
Click here to learn more about the Compulsory
Law where these limitations come from.
If your cover song fits within the Compulsory Law (in other words, none of the above
apply), you do not need a custom license:
Click here to start your cover song licensing. If any of the above apply,
or if you require some other use, you need a custom license. See 2 below.
2) If you need permission for any of the following, you need a
custom license: non-compulsory cover songs, video (synch
rights), existing audio recordings (master
rights), music notes or lyrics (print
rights), rearranging (print rights),
theatrical productions, parodies, and songs that have never been released.
Get valuable guidance from music industry veteran Aaron Green. Benefit from over a decade of experience. Speed up your licensing and increase your chances of successful resolution of your request.
You submit the request with our help. One payment of $49.00 gets you all
of the following:
- Live consultation: Meet with our custom licensing expert via phone,
Skype, or chat. Get access to a music business veteran with extensive custom licensing
experience. We learn about your project, confirm the types of licenses you need,
and provide recommendations.
Road Map to
Success: Music publishers are busy, and sometimes,
custom requests do not get the attention they deserve. In addition, preferred
delivery methods vary. Should you mail your request? Email it? Your personal
Road Map to Success shows you how to handle each request to maximize the
likelihood of a fair and timely response.
our proprietary request form: If you want your request to be taken
seriously, presentation is critical. Our copyrighted, proprietary form delivers
all of the necessary information on a single, organized document.
holder contact information: We research your songs and provide
contact information for the current copyright holders, including names;
addresses; phone numbers; email addresses and more*.
50% off Custom Handling upfront fee: You can “do-it-yourself” using our proprietary
request document, or you can upgrade to Custom Handling for $50 (see below for
details). You save 50% off the regular upfront fee+.
Custom Handling means we administer your request for you. We submit your paperwork
to the publishers, negotiate the fees, monitor the progress, and process the licensing
when it is ready. Custom Handling is the perfect add-on if you are short on time
or simply prefer to leave it to the experts.
As a Custom
Assistance customer, you have the option to upgrade to Custom Handling, where we
process the request for you. Our regular fee for Custom Handling is $100
upfront, plus 30% of the fee we negotiate with the copyright holder, due at the
time you sign the license. With Custom Assistance, you save 50% upfront, and pay
only $50 at the outset, plus 30% due at signing. If you prefer to
“do-it-yourself”, you can skip Custom Handling, and the associated fees.
Custom Assistance and Custom Handling services include up to five songs
submitted to us together on one request form (that we provide), per purchase.
Additional songs submitted later, or songs submitted on separate request forms
will require additional Custom Assistance and/or Custom Handling purchases. If
you upgrade from Custom Assistance to Custom Handling, this is treated as one
purchase, even if the payment is split among separate transactions.
licensing can be challenging because, by law, the copyright holders maintain
total control of their works. This means they can set any fee, take all the time
they need, and reject the license outright. For this reason, it is important to
temper expectations. Many factors affect the response, including budget, use,
and even the current workload of the copyright holder’s processing department.
For this reason, we do not guarantee licensure in whole or in part for any
custom request, and we also do not guarantee timing, or even that you will get a
response from the copyright holder. This forfeiture of guarantee extends to
cases of both Custom Assistance and Custom Handling.
When you hire us for Custom Handling, it is important that you do not also contact the publisher.
Multiple requests from multiple contacts only adds confusion to an already complicated process.
Instead, please trust us, and respect the publishers' process. This will maximize
your chances of a successful and speedy resolution. If you have already contacted the publisher
prior to hiring us, please just let us know. We can work around that.
licensing fees paid are final, and are not eligible for refunds. This includes
the upfront fees paid for Custom Assistance and Custom Handling, and any
additional fees paid at signing for Custom Handling.
Complete the form below to let us know you want to move forward with Custom
Assistance or Custom Handling. Once you have submitted your request, use
the PayPal buttons below to complete your payment. We must receive payment before we can proceed.