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October 17th, 2008
The videography and photography industries are abuzz about a new type of music licensing that makes it easier for professionals to add music to their projects. An initiative of the Wedding & Event Videographers Association International, ZOOM music licensing gives videographers and photographers the ability to purchase synchronization licenses for copyrighted music from popular artists at a rate of $3.50 to $5.50 per song. Synchronization licenses allow videographers and photographers to synchronize images with music in their productions. Prior to ZOOM music licensing, videographers and photographers had to contact music publishers to obtain synchronization licenses, an often time-consuming and costly process. Although this may seem like a great solution for professionals, ZOOM music licenses have several limitation clauses that could make royalty free music a better alternative for your music licensing needs.
First, ZOOM music licenses are valid for only one production. Suppose you are a videographer who has 20 clients who request that the same song be featured in their individual wedding videos. Using ZOOM music licensing, you would have to purchase 20 different licenses for the same song. The total cost for licenses for one song would thus amount to $70 to $110. Over time, licenses for one song could wind up costing you hundreds or thousands of dollars, especially for popular wedding tunes like Natalie & Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable" or Lonestar's "Amazed". Unlike ZOOM music licenses, royalty free music licenses from RoyaltyFreeMusic.com allow you to use the music that you purchase in an unlimited number of productions. With an average per track cost of $59.95, royalty free music is a greater value for photographers and videographers who shoot large numbers of events each year. Check out Touch Of Romance and Wedding Classics and download royalty free music that is timeless and suitable for a wide array of wedding video productions.
Second, ZOOM music licenses cover personal use only. Personal use is defined as anything that is aired privately (i.e. wedding videos distributed to the bride and groom or corporate DVDs distributed to internal parties). ZOOM music licenses do not cover television broadcasts. To obtain synchronization licenses for copyrighted music broadcasted on television, you must contact the music publishers, who will determine the licensing fee based on the scope of the broadcast, which could amount to several thousand dollars. In contrast, when you download royalty free music from RoyaltyFreeMusic.com, you are automatically issued a synchronization license that allows you to incorporate the royalty free music into any type of television broadcast, from a 30 second commercial aired on a local television station to a two hour movie of the week broadcast on a national cable channel. RoyaltyFreeMusic.com's library of production music, which includes albums such as Dramedy and New Age Dreams 1 , contains tunes to fit any television broadcast.
Third, a standard ZOOM music license does not include internet usage. In order to obtain a license for internet usage under ZOOM music licensing, you must pay an additional fee of $500 per song per project. This limitation could put a strain on the budgets of videographers and photographers who showcase their work online. If your website features 5 different projects with 5 songs each, this could cost you a whopping $12,500 using ZOOM music licensing. With royalty free music, you'll never have to worry about incurring additional fees for showcasing your projects online. Licenses for royalty free music from RoyaltyFreeMusic.com give you the right to incorporate royalty free audio into your projects and upload them to an unlimited number of websites. RoyaltyFreeMusic.com's music for websites , including New Biz , is a simple and cost-effective way to incorporate music into projects online.
Finally, ZOOM music licenses do not grant you the ability to resell your projects as a mass-market product in retail stores or online. You must obtain custom clearances from music publishers in order to sell your work in this manner. Royalty free music is therefore a great alternative for professionals who want to mass-market their work. RoyaltyFreeMusic.com's standard music license allows you to download royalty free music, incorporate it into your product, and distribute as many as 5,000 copies of the product to retail stores and online retailers without paying any additional fees.
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