|Royalty Free Music > Music News > Production Music Primer: Errors and Omissions Policies
January 26th, 2009
Errors and omissions policies are a vital part of any company's insurance portfolio. These types of insurance policies protect companies from claims arising from contract disputes, contentions from third parties, or clients who hold them responsible for errors. For production companies, errors and omissions policies cover liability and defense costs for lawsuits for infringements involving plots, titles, characters, plagiarism, and piracy. At RoyaltyFreeMusic.com, we often receive inquiries from post-production companies about whether or not errors and omissions policies are necessary for their businesses. To find out, we consulted Randy Frankel of Frankel & Associates , California's largest provider of production insurance . "Most major film distributors won't distribute a movie unless the primary production company has at least 10 years of E&O coverage in place", Frankel said. "We usually provide that coverage in the form of a 3 year policy that comes with 7 years of what's called ‘rights endorsement' coverage. That makes sure that if someone sees the film on DVD 5 years later and says ‘Hey! They used my song without my permission', the distributors' legal costs are covered." Frankel went on to add that companies doing just a small portion of the post work on a film can sometimes avoid the need for an E&O policy by requesting that their name simply be added to the production company's policy. "Not many post-production companies know that", Frankel said.
Errors and omissions policies have become vital for production and post-production companies over the past few years due to increased efforts by the RIAA and music copyright owners to prevent unauthorized music use. Post-production companies who want further coverage against lawsuits involving music copyright issues should consider selecting production music from a royalty free music library. When you purchase one of the more than 12,000 tracks in RoyaltyFreeMusic.com's royalty free music library , you will receive a standard license that grants you permission to incorporate the music in multiple projects in perpetuity, eliminating the legal liabilities associated with using rights-manager production music. Companies who want to show their film at more than 5 theatre locations or distribute more than 5,000 physical copies of a project containing production music from the RoyaltyFreeMusic.com royalty free music library can do so by purchasing an additional license for a one-time fee. Like the standard license, the additional license gives post-production companies a legal and more flexible alternative to using rights-managed production music.
Ready to add royalty free music to your post-production company's production music library? Here are some of RoyaltyFreeMusic.com's production music favorites:
Dramedy - This rich collection of production music themes is perfect for any project needing a classic injection of dramedy. Is the scene a little mysterious as the neighborhood snoop peeks through the window next door? Something unexpected and farcical is bound to happen, and these background music tracks set the mood perfectly.
Dark, Dramatic, & Angry - As you might guess, there is nothing nice about this album of royalty free music for film. It contains the kind of tunes that nightmares are made of and is perfect production music for any project that needs to conjure a bad trip, an extremely haunted house, or your teenage brother's room. It's a power-packed collection of macabre, dangerous rock.
Prime Time Drama Part 1 - From the onset of a crime or emergency, through the investigation and during the high-risk climax, Prime Time Drama Part 1 does it all, providing broadcast royalty free music for TV and film projects dealing with crime or medical drama. All aspects of a dramatic arc are covered here, with tracks varying between revelation and life-on-the-line action. It's a vital addition to the media professional's production music library.
Prime Time Drama Part 2 - Solve the crime or save the patient with Prime Time Drama Part 2 , an excellent collection of taut and exploratory background tracks for a variety of dramatic subjects. This album of royalty free TV themes covers the entire arc of a project's dramatic action, from discovery to high-tension resolution. It's a must-have for any production music library.
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