A license is permission to use a song in a specific way for a set length of time and territory. Permission is granted to you by a song’s legal owner(s).
A synchronization (or sync) license is a type of license that allows the user to synchronize copyrighted music to another medium, such as a company video or presentation, web site, live production, advertisement, film or TV program.
If you're using a song for commercial use, you need a license. This includes -- but is not exclusive to -- internal and external corporate events, presentations, intranets, web sites, videos, and advertising.
Using a song without permission is copyright infringement and may expose you and your company to legal risk from the owner(s) of the song. Plus, it is the right thing to do.
The cost of a license varies from song to song and depends on the intended use. We provide two ways to help you get the music you want at a price that fits your budget. Licenses are available immediately for songs for a certain use in "Get it now" -- our preapproved, prepriced selection -- so you can see the price up front. For licenses to use songs that are not preapproved and prepriced, cost must be negotiated with the song owners, which you can start by making an offer. Learn more by visiting How it works.
The time it takes to obtain a license varies based on whether or not the song is preapproved for the intended use. Licenses for preapproved, prepriced songs available in "Get it now" can be purchased and downloaded immediately. To obtain a license for music that has not been preapproved, each song owner must be contacted and provide approval. Because of our longstanding connections in the music industry, we'll work on your behalf to get you the license you need quickly and easily. When you submit an offer, one of our licensing experts will contact you within one business day.
There are a couple of reasons why you may not be able to obtain a license to use a song. The cost of the license may exceed your budget. Licenses are given at the song owners’ discretion and they may not approve your intended use of the song.
Each song owner must be contacted to obtain a sync license for the commercial use of a song. If you need music immediately for a project, browse Get it now to see our prepriced selection of songs that are preapproved for specific uses. If you would like to negotiate the use of a song that is not prepriced, make an offer to start negotiations.
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