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Bc1001 Copyright, Royalties & Permissions


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Bc1001 Copyright, Royalties & Permissions

  1. 1. Copyright, Royalties & Permissions For Music to be used on a DVD to be sold in UK Shops
  2. 2. Organisations to deal with <ul><li>1) MCPS-PRS Alliance </li></ul><ul><li>Mechanical Copyright Protection Society </li></ul><ul><li>Performing Right Society </li></ul><ul><li>The MCPS Represent the OWNERS of a piece of Music (including Lyrics) i.e. the Songwriter(s) or Composer(s) </li></ul><ul><li>This Music is usually Licensed or Administered by a Music Publisher. </li></ul><ul><li>The PRS is responsible for collecting & distributing Performance Royalties </li></ul>
  3. 3. Organisations to deal with <ul><li>2) The OWNER of the Sound Recording </li></ul><ul><li>This would usually be a Record Company – who holds a Contract with the Artist on the Recording, or the Artist itself. </li></ul><ul><li>These Companies are not Represented by the MCPS-PRS they represent themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>(The MCPS-PRS was established to look after the interests of Songwriters & Composers.) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Another thing to consider <ul><li>A Distribution Deal would have to be negotiated to have the DVD Stocked in UK Shops…… </li></ul>
  5. 5. Licensing Music <ul><li>Contact the owner of the Sound Recording for Permission to use the Recording – issued in the form of a Licence. </li></ul><ul><li>Apply for an MCPS Licence – the MCPS Licence is conditional on the above Licence being granted. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are using Original or Non-Commercial Music, or Music that is not Fully Controlled by MCPS a Licence must still be Applied for and Validated </li></ul>
  6. 6. Basic Royalty Rate <ul><li>The MCPS has set a DVD-Video royalty rate of 10% of Published Price to Dealer (PPD). </li></ul><ul><li>MCPS Charges ; </li></ul><ul><li>Charges for the use of Commercial music in feature films are negotiable. They are generally set in relation to the budget of the film. </li></ul><ul><li>Charges for a film primarily for festival exhibition or for a student film are usually based on affordability. </li></ul>
  7. 7. How to Reduce Costs <ul><li>1) Record your own version of a Song or piece of Music and apply for a Licence to use it based upon a Student Film Project with Low Budget. (Preferably one that is in the Public Domain..) </li></ul><ul><li>2) Use Royalty-Free Music that is available online (usually a one-off Licensing fee that covers all usage) </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3) Compose and Licence your own Music (then you’ll Trouser a few quid in Royalties if the DVD is a big seller !!) </li></ul><ul><li>4) Ask the University Music Department to collaborate on the Project </li></ul>
  8. 8. What would I do ? <ul><li>Factors to be considered would be ; </li></ul><ul><li>Budget, Timescale, Type of Music Required to fit the Scene (Incidental, Background, Love Song etc, Classical) </li></ul>
  9. 9. So I would… <ul><li>Commission the Music Department at the University to Collaborate on the required Music and use it as an opportunity to raise the Profile of the University as a whole – this would substantially save money and benefit all Departments involved. </li></ul>