Limelight Knowledge Base/Mechanical License Basics

Does Limelight cover international licensing?

Alex Holz
posted this on September 20, 2011 01:04 PM

No, while Limelight is available for users from all over the world – the licenses covers the US market only. However, most online music services typically handle this right outside the United States. You should always check your user agreement (or ask your digital distributor) before distribution to make sure you are covered. For physical distributions, an artist or label is required to contact the territory’s copyright or mechanical rights society for a license, such as GEMA in Germany or PRS for Music in the UK

 

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Dave Echo

what are examples of online music services? do you mean cdbaby?

August 02, 2012 09:42 PM
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Alex Holz
Limelight

An example of an online music service would be iTunes US, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, or Rhapsody.  

August 06, 2012 12:25 PM
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Dave Echo

Thanks for getting back, so I have 4 cover tunes that I want to sell on iTunes UK also...so this mean that they will be up on iTunes UK or not?

August 06, 2012 12:33 PM
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Alex Holz
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You can clear via Limelight for the US version of iTunes.  As for iTunes UK, they handle in conjunction with the local copyright society (MCPS-PRS, commonly known as PRS for Music), so nothing further would be needed for the UK.  You should contact CD Baby for further clarification regarding other territories that may require clearance.

August 06, 2012 12:36 PM
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Dave Echo

Thanks for your help.

August 06, 2012 12:54 PM
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Holmes & Bond

I'm looking to record one cover track and release it on an EP which will be a free download from my website. I live in the UK but of course they could be downloading from anywhere. How does this work with licensing? Thanks for your help. Regards Grace

January 16, 2013 07:59 AM
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Alex Holz
Limelight

Grace - if the website you're hosting from is based in the UK, then it's best to contact MCPS/PRS for Music (the UK copyright society).

If you're working with a website/download store that's based (or has a presence in the United States), then you would need a US mechanical license.

January 16, 2013 07:27 PM
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Ian-kafye Lam

Hi Alex,
following up on Grace's question:

If i record cover tunes and sell them via my website hosted in the US, I can apply for mechanical license via limelight, and i will be clear copyright-wise, regardless where the buyer is purchasing from? US, UK, Asia etc.?

July 31, 2013 07:09 AM
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Alex Holz
Limelight

Can't provide legal advice - but the service you're providing from should be able to answer that question. Limelight solely covers US mechanicals (so any service that is based in the US and selling to US customers would need a US mechanical).

July 31, 2013 10:15 AM
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Ian Cube

How do I get a mechanical license for a remake of a foreign country's national anthem?  or would that song be considered in the public domain?

February 24, 2014 12:44 AM
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Alex Holz
Limelight

Hi Ian,

 

This sounds like a derivative work - if it's in the public domain, then you can likely record it. If not, then it will require direct permission of whomever controls the rights. Unfortunately this is outside the scope of Limelight.

February 24, 2014 10:33 AM