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What are the rights involved in using music for adverts?


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September 05, 2007 5:33PM

Copyright law can be very complex, and anyone producing commercials would be familiar with this. The assumption is that you are talking about music that is not in the public domain. There are rights that may be held by the composer of the music. There may be separate rights (synchronization) governing the use of the music as part of a video recorded production. The synch rights will probably cost more if the production is going to be aired on television, and/or used for profit-making purposes. There are also various rights held by the musicians and producers of the specific recording you are going to use, and these rights may be in force even if the song itself is in the public domain. The help of an attorney specializing in copyright will be invaluable.