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Licensing Opera Karaoke Tracks - Master Use vs Mechanical

Discussion in 'Studio Lounge' started by BluMaterial, May 5, 2011.

  1. BluMaterial

    BluMaterial Active Member

    Hello, I am putting together an album of opera arias and I am currently negotiating with three different karaoke companies to license some of their karaoke backing tracks for these arias. Because all of the operas I am considering are in the public domain (had to exclude Turandot, sadly) I don't believe I need to obtain a mechanical license. Is this correct?

    Thus, I am only negotiating with the companies for a master use license. I have no experience with licensing music, so I'm not sure what a master use license contract should stipulate. So far, two are charging a flat fee per song, and one charges a flat fee per 15 seconds of recorded music in each song. Two are saying the license is good indefinitely (this means forever, right?) and one gave me a very cryptic response: "license is valid for three years renewable, plus two years of sell off"...I have no idea what this means.

    I haven't seen any formal contracts from any of them yet, so I just want to know what to expect and what some of the pitfalls are. In particular, should the contract specify that I am protected if the company has lied about being the true owner of the tracks?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Try here....http://www.karaokeantipiracyagency.com Dont know if this will answer your questions but it seemed rather complete.

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