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Do I need a music license?
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. You do not need permission to use songs that you wrote yourself or songs that you know are in the Public Domain.
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What is a music license?
A license is a formal agreement between the music owner and you that says it's okay for you to use their music. If you use music that other people created, you need to get a license.
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Why get a music license?
Even if you think you probably wouldn't get caught, there are five good reasons to get a license: 1) Confidence, 2) Reputation, 3) Karma, 4) Ethics, and 5) Example.
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What is a cover song?
A cover song is a new recording of a previously released song that someone else wrote. For example, if you record your band playing your version of a Bob Dylan or Cole Porter song, your new recording is called a "cover song" or "cover". To release a cover song, you need permission from the copyright owner of the composition. This is usually the songwriter or their publisher. On your own, getting permission can be tricky. Luckily, we make it easy to get 100% of the permission you need for your cover songs. Just pay our small fee plus the royalties and we handle everything else for you. You get proof of licensing in your email in just 1-2 business days.
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Where do I find arranger, composer, and publisher information on sheet music? What if I am playing by ear?
If you are using sheet music...
You can find the song title, composer, arranger (if any), and publisher information on the first page of sheet music with music notes. The song title is at the top center. Composer and arranger information is smaller, positioned just below the title, aligned left and/or right. Publisher information is at the bottom center of the first page with music notes. Sometimes, people confuse distributor information with publisher information. Note that distributor information often appears on the cover of the sheet music (no music notes, the two major distributors are Alfred and Hal Leonard), while publisher information is always at the bottom center of the first page with music notes. We need to know the publisher, not the distributor. Follow the link below to see an example. If you have concerns, you can always leave the publisher information blank when submitting your songs. Our service includes a free copyright search to learn the current publisher or copyright owner, before or after you buy.

If you are playing by ear...
Usually, all we need to license your song is the song title and name of a well-known artist that recorded the song. We can use that to start our free copyright owner search. The search is free, before or after you buy. If you want, you can help us out by providing composer information as well. You can usually find composer information on Wikipedia. Try searching the song title followed by the word “song”. For example, a Wikipedia search for “Here Comes the Sun Song” tells us that George Harrison is the composer/writer. This information is helpful because it further confirms the exact song you want to use. If we are unable to find your song, we might ask your for publisher information or lyrics. You can often find publisher information by browsing the sheet music scans available at SheetMusicPlus.com and MusicNotes.com. You can find lyrics at several popular lyric sites, or by Googling. Any information you find is helpful. You can email this information to us, or post it to your project wall. If we are unable to find the song with the information you provide, we will ask if you have any other information that can help us locate the copyright owner, such as an address or phone number.
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Does my album track order matter for licensing purposes?
Cover Song Licensing
For cover song licensing, no, track order does not matter. However, you can edit the track order if you want. To set your track order: 1) Go to your projects. Click your profile pic top right, then "Your Projects". 2) Select "Cover song projects". 3) On "Your Projects" page, click the project you want to work with. 4) On the project page, click "Add or edit songs" (on the left on desktops, in the context menu top-right on mobile devices). 5) On "Add or edit songs" page, click and hold to drag and drop your songs in any order you want. 6) Click "Save track order" to save your changes. 7) Repeat steps 1 and 2 to return to your project and confirm the changes.

Custom Licensing
For Custom Licensing, yes, it is possible that your track order could matter. This is something to discuss with your Custom Licensing representative.
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What is a music license?

A music license is an agreement between a music user and the owner that says it's okay to use their music. The United States copyright law helps musicians make money off their music by giving them (and only them) five exclusive rights when it comes to the use of their music. Only the creator of the song may: 1) Perform their song in public, 2) Make audio or video recordings...

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Do I need a music license?

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. You need a license even if you are using only a small portion of the song. You do not need permission to use songs that you wrote yourself or songs that you know are in the public domain...

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What type of music license do I need?

Music licenses give you permission to use music that other people created. The type of license you need depends on how you will use that music. Select from the various uses to learn what license you need and how to get it. Does more than one use apply? Multiple licenses may be required...

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What are the different types of music licenses?

Six types of music licenses facilitate permission handling for almost all uses. By understanding these types of licenses, you will be better prepared when making a request to the copyright holders...

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Why get a music license?

Five reasons: confidence, reputation, karma, ethics, example. The importance of respecting the copyright law goes way beyond "not getting caught". Support your peers, your colleagues, and the hard-working musicians like you who create beautiful music for the world. Be a good example and feel great about making your music legally...

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Deciding how many CDs to make

When it comes to CD quantities, the eyes can be bigger than the stomach. Order too many CDs and they might end up dusty in the back of the closet. Order too few and you might keep your fans waiting, or miss out on timely demand. Choose the right number, and you'll cut production costs, actually increase demand, boost your profits, and gain confidence...

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