Do You Need a License?
Whenever you record a song that someone else wrote, you need to get permission from the copyright holders. This is true even if you are giving away your recording. Getting permission involves contacting the copyright holders for each song and it can be a real pain if you haven’t done a lot of this. When you hire Easy Song Licensing, they take care of everything for you.
How It Works
• Contact Easy Song Licensing to discuss your project and the songs you want to license.
• For expedited delivery immediate payment is required. Or, you can wait for Easy Song Licensing to research your songs before buying.
• Easy Song Licensing accepts payment online and over the phone with a credit card.
• After payment is received Easy Song Licensing will follow the Compulsory Law to obtain your mechanical licensing. Under this law, the copyright holder cannot refuse the license, which makes it possible for them to license 100% of any song. Licenses from Easy Song Licensing never expire.
• You will get Proof of Licensing in your email in 1-2 business days. This PDF attachment is what you will need to provide as proof that you have legally cleared your song(s).
• Your Proof of Licensing is securely and privately saved in your Easy Song Licensing account, and you also have the option to display it publicly for an additional fee.
The Easy Song Licensing Difference:
• Legally release your new recording of any song.
• Obtain 100% of the rights you need, quickly and easily in 1-2 business days.
• You can talk to a real person who will handle everything for you.
• You get PDF Proof of Licensing in your email, and each request is securely saved online.
• Show the world you are legal with the IDBLM Seal of Authenticity (optional, $20 per album or single, never expires).
Easy Song Licensing Pricing and Fees:
• $14.99 fee per format per song, plus royalties.
• All royalties go to the copyright holder. Royalties vary by format.
• Licensing more than just a song or two? Ask about Easy Song Licensing’s volume discounts.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much does it cost?
Licensing costs include royalties, all of which go to the copyright holder, plus a fee for our services. Royalties vary by format; Our fee is $14.99 per format per song. Volume discounts are available. Click the following link for more information or to estimate your licensing costs. You can get an exact quote by submitting your songs to us for a free search.
How long does it take to get my Proof of Licensing?
About 1-2 business days after we receive your payment. If you choose to wait for search results before buying, add 1-2 business days for a total of 2-4 business days from the time you submit your songs.
Do I get the actual licenses, the paperwork signed by the publishers?
No. Under Compulsory Law, no paperwork is received from the copyright holders. Instead, a license is automatically granted and the copyright holder is not required to send any return paperwork. Instead, we give you a signed statement explaining all the steps of the Compulsory Law and our legal commitment to follow through with those steps on your behalf.
How is it possible for you to help me license any song?
Meant to foster creativity, the Compulsory Mechanical Licensing Law makes it possible for you to legally record your new version of any existing song, even without the copyright holder’s express permission. If you ask a publisher directly, they can demand any fee or reject your request outright. But under Compulsory Law, they cannot reject the license. Even in cases where the copyright holder is highly protective of their work, this law allows small-timers to cover some very popular songs.
How does licensing for digital downloads and interactive audio streams work?
For digital downloads and interactive audio streams, you pre-pay for a certain number of downloads or streams up-front before you distribute. We suggest you license what you think you will sell in one year. It’s up to you to monitor your sales and make sure you do not exceed what you have licensed. You can always come back and get a new license for additional units. If it’s an exact re-order without changes, our fee is half-price. This makes it easy for you to license only what you need upfront and avoid paying too much in fees for reorders..
What if I sell out and need to distribute more copies of my album?
It’s up to you to monitor your sales and make sure you do not exceed what you have licensed. You can always come back to us and get a new license for additional units. If it’s an exact reorder without changes, our fee is half-price. This makes it easy for you to license only what you need upfront and avoid paying too much in fees for reorders.
If I do CDs and digital downloads, does that require two separate licenses?
Yes. We have to send separate paperwork for each different format you release. So, if you plan to distribute on multiple formats, such as CDs and digital downloads, you will need to buy a separate license for each, and we will have to charge our fee each time.
What information do you need from me?
We need to know your complete contact information, the title of your album, and the artist (you or your group). We need to know what formats you will release (CDs, Digital Downloads, Interactive Audio Streams) and how many copies of each format. Finally, we need to know the title, composer or original recording artist, and length of your recording of each song in minutes and seconds. You can submit this online or email it to us.
What methods of payment do you accept?
We accept PayPal online, and credit card payments online and over the phone. If you wish to pay by check, send your payment, written to Legacy Productions, to 2600 N 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55411.
What is your refund policy?
We will automatically refund the royalties and fees for any song we find to be in the Public Domain and for any song we are unable to license due to our inability to locate the copyright holder. Except for these two cases we will not refund your money after a license has been purchased. This includes cases where we cannot license your songs due to restrictions of the Compulsory Mechanical Licensing Law of the United States. Please make certain you understand these limitations before placing your order. IDBLM filing and the IDBLM Seal of Authenticity are