When your songs contain sampling. Using a portion of another artist's work on your recording is referred to as sampling. Samples can come from TV shows, movies, commercial sound bites, or music clips of any kind. A sample, regardless of the length, requires that you obtain a Master Use License to include it on your project. When your disc or compilation includes previously released recordings. For any previously released song you wish to use, you will need permission from the owner of the master (usually a record label) in the form of a Master Use License. The owner will generally request information about the number of CDs you are making and the countries where you intend to distribute, and will often charge you a fee. If the rights to any content on your master belong to a third party, you must also submit a completed Audio Manufacturing Agreement or a contract authorizing you to reproduce the recording. If your project contains even a snippet of someone else’s recording, A-Frame Recording LLC cannot begin a replication project unless we have a copy of your Master Use License.
“THIS HAS TO BE HANDLED BY
YOU” AND IT IS IMPORTANT TO COVER THIS ISSUE SO YOU CAN BETTER
UNDERSTAND WHAT IS INVOLVED.
STATUORY ROYALTY RATES
AS OF JANUARY 1, 2006 THE STATUTORY MECHANCAL RATE IS AS
9.10 CENTS FOR SONGS 5 MINUTES OR LESS OR 1.75 CENTS PER
MINUTE OR FACTION THEREOF OVER 5 MINUTES.
5:01 to 6:00 = $.105 (6 x $.0175= $.105)
6:01 to 7:00 = $.1225 (7 x $.0175= $ .1225)
7:01 to 8:00 = $.14 (8 x $.0175= $.14)
HERE ARE TWO METHODS TO DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE.
YOU CAN CONTACT THE HARRY FOX AGENCY IN NEW
YORK AND THEY WILL HANDLE THE WHOLE PROCESS WITH FEES.THEY NORMALLY CONSIDER 2,500 UNITS AS A
LIMITED QUANTITY.YOU CAN APPLY FOR A
SPECIAL 500 UNIT FEE (AS THEY DON’T WORK WITH ANYTHING UNDER THAT AMOUNT).SO IF THE SONGS (UNDER 5 MINUTE PERFORMANCE
TIME) RECORDED COME TO A DOZEN TRACKS, YOU WILL NEED TO PAY $546.00 (9.1 x 500
x 12 songs).
THE MORE PAINLESS METHOD TO ENSURE COPYRIGHT COMPLIANCE IS
TO CONTACT THE PUBLISHER DIRECTLY, STATE YOU ARE NON-FOR- PROFIT AND DESIRE TO
RECORD THE TITLES THEY HOLD AND EXPLAIN THE NUMBER OF COPIES THAT WILL BE MADE
(NORMALLY 50 to 100).THEY WILL TELL
YOU OF ANY FEES INVOLVED.IF PUBLISHER
CAN’T BE CONTACTED, NEXT YOU NEED TO REACH THE COMPOSER.
A SIMPLE LETTER AS SUGGESTED BELOW, WILL GET THE ANSWER!
We request your permission to record our performance of the
song (title) ______________ composed by________________ from your catalog.The number of copies will be
limited to ______ of said recording.We are a non-for-profit school.
Please contact us as soon as possible, as our desired date
to record at our school will be ___________________.
When you record a cover version of someone else's song, you need to get a mechanical license authorizing you to reproduce their composition. You can find out who owns the copyright by contacting ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC. Then either contact the owner directly and negotiate your own rate, or contact the Harry Fox Agency and pay the prevailing statutory rate of 9.1¢ per song up to five minutes, $1.75 per minute per song over five minutes. Applications for less than 2,500 copies can be made online at www.songfile.com. (See copyright page)
Register all your original songs scripts, artwork etc. with the United States Copyright Office. You automatically own the rights to your creation, but registering it with the Copyright Office is the best way to prove and protect your ownership. (See copyright page.)
Click tracks can be very helpful in the recording process. Not only can they help the artist to record with steadier tempos, recording, using a
metronome can assist the artist in making greater use of many modern techniques such as "cut and paste" editing. Make sure all band members
are comfortable playing to it. If you are a solo performer and have no plans for adding other instrumentation to your project, click tracks are not
necessary. Of course, you are in control of your project, so what you choose to do is up to you. We offer experienced advice but it's your decision.
Please do not bring family, friends and fans with you (unless they are the performers). Firstly, the studio is small and cannot accomodate many people. Secondly, visitors can be a significant and unnecessary distraction.