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Does a mechanical license cover the use of a song in a video (movies, YouTube)?

Alex Holz
posted this on September 20, 2011 12:36 PM

No, synch licenses are required for you to use a song in movies / YouTube. If you’re doing a cover song and want to release it on YouTube alongside a video, you’ll need to contact the publisher(s) directly for a synchronization license..

 

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Mic-B

Is there any plan to add synchronization licenses in the future through your service?

September 28, 2011 05:42 PM
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Alex Holz
Limelight

@Mic-B,

Great question - we would love to do so, though "sync" is one of the exclusive rights of a copyright owner.  It requires direct negotiation with the music publisher (and with the record label if you're using the original master recording).  There are some cool resources like Jingle Punks, Rumblefish, and Music Dealers that clear independent tracks, though don't do it on the major label/publishing side. 

September 29, 2011 11:24 AM
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Dale Butler

I hope I have applied fort he correct license. John Coltrane wrote a song called Giant Steps. I have written words to sing to only 1 min and 8 second of the intro. Does this mechanical license cover that. If not who do I apply to.

 

2. The second song is called the C Slam Blues (Duke Ellington) BUT our version does not sound anything like it. I was told it was the B Flat blues but I cannot find anyone who has written it. 

November 12, 2012 06:07 PM
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Alex Holz
Limelight

It sounds like you may need to speak directly with the copyright owner(s) in both cases.  Unless you're recording a cover song for release (audio only), you would need to secure direct permission from the copyright owner.

Please contact support@songclearance.com to work out further details.

November 12, 2012 06:14 PM