WHY DO I NEED A LICENSE?
Synchronization License: This is the right to synchronize a song or a piece of music with your visual image. It must be obtained from the copyright owner of the music, which is usually the publisher.
North Star Media is an independent music publisher, established in 2001. It currently owns and manages thousands of copyrights worldwide including the music of award winning film composer Paul Cardall. With personalized service and representatives in Detroit, Nashville, Los Angeles and abroad, North Star Media pursues and secures music placements across a variety of platforms including film, television, advertising, and all other new media. North Star Media specializes in pre-cleared song licensing, publishing administration, custom music creation, music supervision and artist development. The North Star Media catalogue is home to platinum-selling hits, the hottest new indie offerings, and everything in-between.
Licensing Music for Film
What you need to know to legally use music for your next film. Licensing music for video and other type of visual media requires two things: the Master Use License and the Synchronization (Sync) license.
Master Use License
A master use license is a very important part of the legal process for licensing a song for a film, but as a singular license its powers are limited. This type of license is written permission for a specific recording of a work to be used — if it’s an original work (we’ll explain more about cover songs below). The license is granted by the owner of the master recording of the track. With just the master use license, a song may not legally be used for film.
The second aspect of music licensing for film is the sync license. The sync license gives someone written permission to use a song alongside some sort of visual media. Most commonly sync licenses are used for films and commercials. This license must be paired with the master use license, which gives permission to use a specific recording. All of North Star Media's sync licenses include the master use license as well, eliminating much of the legwork that goes with the licensing process.
How Do I License a Song?
North Star Media has made the process of licensing music for film simpler than it’s ever been. Contact John Sepetys.