Synchronization License Explained

Posted by Aaron Davison on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Under: June 2012

When a producer or music supervisor wants to use a song in a television show, permission must be secured from the song's publisher.  The songwriter of the song is by default the song's publisher unless the songwriter signs away his publishing rights to a third party. 

When a producer decides to use a particular song in a broadcast, the producer will then contact the publisher of the song, describe how the song will be used, request a specified period of time to use the song in the program (usually from three years to life of copyright), define the territory in which the program may be broadcast (usually the world but in some cases limited to only specified countries), negotiate a fee, and then sign what is known as a synchronization license 

A Synch license is an agreement that is signed by the producer of the television show and the publisher of the song which outlines the above details.  There is also a "licensing fee" that is paid to the songwriter and publisher which is a one time fee for the rights associated with the synchronization license.

Synchronization fees for major series vary, but typically range from $1,500 to more than $3,000 for a five-year worldwide free television license for the use of one song in a series and from $6,000 to $10,000 and up for life-of-copyright licenses and "all television" licenses. 

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Happy Songwriting!
Aaron Davison

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