Music rights are complicated. ClicknClear makes it simple.
When sports and fitness routines are set to music (performance sports) proper licensing is essential for routines and performances, and key for subsequently using footage of events online.
Music industry content drives participation, reach and engagement but actually licensing it is very challenging and many do not understand the implications of using unlicensed music.
There have been lawsuits already suffered by some, and we do not want this to continue so ClicknClear has created a growing catalogue of officially licensed music for performance sports. Music producers source their music from ClicknClear, but otherwise work with clients as normal.
Music producers, their clients, federations and event producers must act responsibly in respecting music copyright and address its use, for three primary reasons:
It’s the Law
It Helps Grow Your Sport
It Supports Music Creators
But sports need music to accompany their routines and they need a bundle of specialist rights which include:
Learn more about music copyright.
We work directly with record labels and publishers to clear their content for use in your routine mix.
Our catalogue of music is 'pre-cleared' so you don't need to worry about the inner workings of the music industry.
Our catalogue is huge and growing fast, with music from global icons, current artists, and up and coming new talent.
You can share playlists with with your teams, choose who licenses the music, and will both receive a copy of the agreement.
USE MUSIC YOU
You can filter by different genres, moods, BPM and more, to help you find the perfect tracks for your routine mix.
You can create playlists, share with the teams you work with and add tracks straight to your cart.
Licenses are $10, $15 or $25 per track, per mix for 1 year's use and your license agreement is stored in your account and automatically sent to the team, accessible at any time.
Add on sync rights for Teams' websites are also available instantly.
GET ALL THE RIGHTS YOU NEED
ClicknClear offers a specialist set of rights, direct from the music industry including the right to edit and adapt the music into a mix (tempo change, add sound effects, combine with other tracks etc) and choreograph to your routine.
By using music from ClicknClear, Federations and Event Producers can also easily license the rights for DVD, Live Streaming and Video on Demand that they ended to get routine videos online WITH the music.
All licenses include legal indemnity.
MUSIC COPYRIGHT EDUCATION
WHAT IS COPYRIGHT?
Performance Sports Teams and Performing Arts groups worldwide that use music have to address and respect its copyrighted use. Usually, an individual or group of individuals who authored the work (song) will exclusively own the work or copyright. If music is used without the proper licenses, the end user can be held liable for copyright infringement, and unfortunately, ‘not knowing’ is not a valid defense.
Copyright law exists in most countries in the world and arises when a qualifying work is created by an individual or company. Neither publication, registration, nor other action is required to secure a copyright, although in some countries use of a copyright notice is recommended, and in a few countries (including the United States) registration of domestic works is required in order to sue for infringement.
Usually, an individual or group of individuals who authored the work will exclusively own the work.
In each piece of recorded music, there are two aspects to copyright:
i) the recorded performance of the song, and
ii) the lyrics, melody etc. created by the writers of the song.
Therefore each song is owned by two sets of copyright owners:
The artist(s) who record each version of that song (whether a worldwide hit or an anonymous cover version) own rights in the sound recording of their version.
These are called ‘master rights’.
Then you have the 'publishing rights' that cover the people who wrote the song and control the musical composition of the song: Lyrics, melody, etc. Normally several writers have a % share in each song which can range from less than 1% to 100%.
Each writer will own a certain percentage of the song depending on their contribution to the writing process.
In order to license music for Sports Mixes, you need a license from EVERY rightsholder for both the Master and Publishing sides.
TRADITIONAL MUSIC LICENSING PROCESS
Before ClicknClear, to license music, you’d need to follow the traditional music licensing process which looks like this:
You’d need to make sure ALL copyright owners have approved the license before you can use it.
This process can ve very expensive and time-consuming.
Copyright infringement refers to the use of a copyrighted work without the permission of the copyright holder, and remember, ‘not knowing’ is not a valid defense against copyright infringement, and the infringing party can still be sued. In the United States, a fine of up to $150,000 applies to each song that is infringed on in each infringement! This amount varies in different countries and can also include a prison sentence in some cases.
The public domain refers to works that are no longer protected by copyright (that is, where the copyright has expired). There are different expiration times depending on the country and the side of music rights held. Typically, the Master rights exist for 50 years from date of release and publishing rights exist for 70-90 years from the date of the last living writer.
There is currently no database of works that are in the public domain, so extensive research needs to be done in order to ensure the work can be used.
THE MUSIC RIGHTS REQUIRED FOR TEAMS AND MUSIC PRODUCERS
There is often misleading information about what rights are required for Marching to make an arrangement of music to accompany your routine.
Below is a breakdown of the rights that are needed to use a song in your performance:
In order to use one song for any of the above uses, you need a license from all of the songwriters on the work.
ClicknClear offer all of these rights with our standard license for $10-$25 per song, per mix for 1 years use. You can instantly license music here:
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