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Music Clearance
What is music clearance?
- Defined

Music clearance is a process consisting of:
  • Determining what permissions are needed to make use of a piece of music
  • Ascertaining the owner(s) of the music
  • Contacting rights owners and negotiating an appropriate license
  • Administrating written agreements
  • Handling other functions related to use and licensing of music.

A More Cerebral Look At Music Clearance

Music is many things to many people – it can entertain, inspire, soothe or motivate us. It can bring a stadium of people to its feet, or put a baby to sleep. For that reason, we all feel a personal connection to the music we know. Music stays with us throughout the years, and can become one of our best lifelong friends – it has value in our culture, our society and in our own lives.

Like most things of value, society has adopted laws to protect the interests of music rights owners. But since music usually becomes valuable only after it is shared with the public, these laws also protect the interests of users of music from unreasonable controls by rights owners. The best known of these protections is copyright law, which regards music (and other creative works) as a property right, similar to real estate. The owners of this property (known as intellectual property) in the world of music are publishers and record companies, who have the authority to control and grant uses of their music. For more information, be sure to visit [Music Rights 101)].

For the most part, music owners sell copies of recordings (i.e. records, tapes, CDs) or sheet music to the public. Airplay on radio or through music videos also brings music to audiences.

Once a song or piece of music is heard, there is sometimes an interest by an outside party who would like to it for a secondary purposes, such as a film, commercial, computer chip, or on an oldies album. Music copyright owners can convey permission for these uses by means of licenses.

Therefore, if a desired piece of music is owned by a publisher or record company, music clearance is required in order to get an appropriate license for a permitted purpose.

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