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Licensing and Publishing
« on: April 18, 2013, 11:58:53 AM »
What's the difference between licensing a music and a publishing deal? I'm really confused of those two. Anyone here can help me out?

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Re: Licensing and Publishing
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2013, 09:16:48 PM »
What's the difference between licensing a music and a publishing deal? I'm really confused of those two. Anyone here can help me out?

Publishing your music or getting a publishing deal is the act of making it public, ie. performed, recorded, played or used. When you sign a publishing contract you're normally signing over your rights to the piece/music to the published and you should make sure to have legal guidance to realize what exactly you are signing. Signing over your rights to a work means that you no longer own the rights at all typically for the the duration of the publishing contract. Once the contracts duration is over as specified in the agreement then the rights return to you. It's like selling a car to someone, but they have to give it back after a while (typically) to where you can no longer drive it until the agreed period has expired.

Licensing your music to say a record label or an artist or whomever is permitting people to do things with your music that only you could do before licensing it. What they can do and how much they can reproduce of the piece, etc, should be specified in the license agreement, and after licensing the rights to the work are still legally yours even throughout the duration of the licensing term. Using the car analogy again you would be letting them drive the car but you could still drive it as well, and eventually they can't drive it anymore after a certain amount of miles (plays or copies reproduced), or a set amount of time...Hope that makes sense :D
   

Re: Licensing and Publishing
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2015, 05:55:21 AM »
What's the difference between licensing a music and a publishing deal? I'm really confused of those two. Anyone here can help me out?
Licensing can also include synchronization deals. In other words, licensing your music to be used either in television, film, video game or any other type of format. Alternatively, you can license your song(s) to another artist. By licensing music you can either sell all your rights entirely or you can grant exclusive rights to a third party for a limited period of time.