Licensing FAQ


If you wish to include a music file into your video project it is required by law to purchase a “License”. A license is an agreement specifying that the owner of a piece of music gives you the right to use his music in one or more of your personal and commercial projects. It is that right you are purchasing. The money you pay for this right is called a “sync fee” or a “license fee”.

When your project is aired or distributed, the owner the music piece is entitled to royalties but not from you, the video producer. This is why the music is called “Royalty Free” as the only thing the video producer pays in the Sync Fee. So who pays these royalties to the composer?

Your video will be broadcast by a company (TV, Cinema, Internet etc…). The broadcast company pays a blanket fee to a Performer’s Right Organisations (PRO). When the music is aired, a “cue sheet” is filed by the broadcaster to the PRO. This cue sheet indicates how long and how often the music was broadcast. The PRO will determine the share of the blanket fee that is due to the composer and pay the composer.

So the only thing You, the video producer, are required to do after purchasing the license is to provide to the broadcaster company the information related to the music piece you used in your project. That will allow the Broadcast company to file an appropriate cue sheet so that the composer get’s paid his share.

We are registered at the PRS (UK PRO), under the Name “Edouard Andre Reny” and our CAE (our composer ID number) is 706079447.


Licensing FAQ

When a person purchases a License for a piece of music. He is called a Licensee.
The seller of the license, who owns the music (composer) or the right to license the music (publisher) is called a licensor.
By purchasing a license, the licensee pays for the right to embed the music in his project without paying additional fees. He does not own any other right on the music.

By purchasing the license you purchased the rights to:
_ Duplicate, embed and release the music as part of a new personal or commercial media production (including but not limited to TV shows, Movies, websites, DVD, Video Games, podcasts, multimedia productions etc).
_ Publicly perform or display the music.
_ Use the music as a soundtrack synced with visual images as part of a production.
_ Edit the music to suit the production.
_ Each license granted gives you the right to use the music in one single production. If you wish to re-use a previously purchased music licence for a different project, you will need to purchase a new license for that same track.
Examples:
* Film + Trailer of the film = same project –> Only one licence needed
* TV Commercial + Radio Commercial = two projects –> 2 licences needed
* Music for your Website + Music in a youtube video = two projects —> 2 licences needed
* Performance in multiple clubs around the country = 1 project —> 1 license needed
In doubt please contact Edouard Andre Reny

Purchasing a license does NOT give you the following rights:
_ Resell, trade of exploit for profit the music as a stand-alone item. The music must be incorporated into a production and synchronized with other audio and/or visuals (for example a CD compilation). Live performance of the music with a paid entrance is permitted.
_ Claim ownership for the music.
_ Use, copy and duplicate the music except within the scope of the licensee’s production.
_ Add lyrics or music to the music to create a derived musical work and claim ownership for this work (ex: DJ remixes).
_ Share, transfer or resell this licence to any other parties.
_ Use the music in any way that encourages or is associated with illegal or illicit activities.
_ Use the music as part of a product that actively promotes hate and racism.
All intellectual rights with regards to the marketing and sales of the licensed music remain property of the licensor (The composer). Any infringement is therefore punishable by law.

The Licensee is not required to credit the licensor (the composer) in his production. However, such a credit will be highly appreciated by the composer.
If the Licensee chooses to do so, the Licensor requests but does not require that the licensee uses the verbiage – Music by Edouard Andre Reny -. For Internet videos, a link to this website will also be highly appreciated and could lead the licensor (The composer) to offer one or more free licences to the licensee. 

NO! you won’t!
The license allows you to use the music in your project whatever large its commercial success.
The only requirement is to inform the broadcaster of the origin of the music so the latter can file an appropriate cue sheet to the PRO with which he has a blanket license agreement.

No, this is not a requirement, but would be highly appreciated by the composer.
This will allow the composer to remind the broadcaster to file a cue sheet so that the money already paid by the broadcaster to the PRO can be distributed to the composer. Such behavior from the licensee will tighten the partnership with the composer.

No problem, you can use the music as you like on your youtube videos. All the music proposed by Synaptic Machines is content ID free, meaning that it cannot be inadvertently flagged for copyright infringement 
We are in full conceptual opposition with Youtube policy to bypass PROs and 
privatize royalty redistribution. Consequently we have not signed any agreement with Youtube in that matter and never will. In addition, none of our publishers have been authorized to do so on our behalf.
If despite our precautions, your video got flagged for copyright infringement, do not worry, just inform us: we will give you clear instructions on how to clear the issue and assist you in the process.

Just send us an email via the contact form and we will be more than happy to fill in the blanks for you. And maybe even add your question and our answer to our FAQ!