Licensing Opera Karaoke Tracks - Master Use vs Mechanical

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by BluMaterial, May 5, 2011.

  1. BluMaterial

    BluMaterial Active Member

    May 5, 2011
    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

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Try here.... Dont know if this will answer your questions but it seemed rather complete.
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