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July 10th, 2008
Royaltyfreemusic.com provides a less expensive, worry-free alternative to obtaining licenses from publishers and mechanical royalty collection agencies such as the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS). When you pay a one-time fee for tracks from our catalog royalty free stock music , you're free to synchronize the music in television broadcasts, films, documentaries, and in multiple other projects forever. By eliminating the need to obtain multiple licenses, pay ongoing royalties and fees, and report usage of the music, Royaltyfreemusic.com makes it easy to enhance all of your projects with non-MCPS music.
Founded in 1924, the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society is an organization that collects mechanical royalties for CDs, DVDs, and other copies of music and issues synchronization licenses for music that is included in television broadcasts and films. Mechanical royalties are fees paid for each copy of a track that is sold to the public. For instance, when a CD, DVD, MP3 file, ringtone, or other copies of music are sold, the copyright owner is paid a mechanical royalty. Synchronization licenses are issued when music is synchronized with visual footage. These types of licenses are necessary for film music, documentary music, TV themes, and other projects that combine music and visual elements.
The Mechanical Copyright Protection Society has been criticized by many for monopolizing music licensing in the United Kingdom. In the United States, businesses who wish to distribute copies of copyrighted music (ex: CDs, DVDs, music downloads, etc.) can obtain licenses through the Harry Fox Agency or through individual publishing companies. Although the mechanical licensing rate is statutory (currently at a rate of $0.091 per track), some publishers are willing to negotiate this rate based on the usage of the music and expected sales of the project. In the United Kingdom, mechanical licensing for all music is regulated by MCPS, limiting the negotiating power of entities who want to use copyrighted music. Likewise, MCPS also issues synchronization licenses for music in the United Kingdom. Individuals and businesses who want to synch music with video in the United Kingdom must obtain a synchronization license from MCPS and pay MCPS's required licensing fees. In the United States, royalty collection agencies such as Harry Fox do not handle synchronization licenses; this type of license is negotiated with individual music publishers.
The MCPS monopoly has driven up licensing fees for production music in the United Kingdom. In response, many companies have begun to offer non-MCPS music libraries to make music licensing more affordable. With over 10,000 tracks and 12,000 sound effects, Royaltyfreemusic.com has one of the largest and most comprehensive non-MCPS music catalogs in the world. Professionals in a wide variety of industries trust Royaltyfreemusic.com for all of their non-MCPS music needs. When you purchase music from Royaltyfreemusic.com, you'll pay only a low one-time usage fee for a license to use the music in multiple projects. Our license even includes the right to distribute up to 5,000 units of items that incorporate Royaltyfreemusic.com's non-MCPS music. It's simple. With Royaltyfreemusic.com, you'll never have to worry about reporting usage or paying additional fees or royalties to MCPS, PRS, or any other agency for Royaltyfreemusic.com's catalog of non-MCPS music.