What kind of lawyer do I need to hire to help me figure out how to legally include music in a product I’ll be producing?

When it comes to including music in a product you’re producing, copyright licensing is involved. You will want to seek out an intellectual property attorney that is well-versed with both copyright law and the music industry to assist in negotiating a licensing agreement for your product.

There are a number of considerations that go into negotiating the licensing agreement:

  • Identifying the proper copyright holders to license the work from. This may include the recording company, artist, writer, producer, or publisher.
  • Understanding the scope of rights needed. For example, if the product will be uploaded to YouTube or a similar streaming service, this would typically require broadcast rights as opposed to a basic license to use the work in an isolated instance.
  • The number of copies or downloads of the work. Often license fees are calculated based on the reach of the product in which it is used. It is important to accurately portray the scope of use.
  • The fee structure. This could be a one-time license fee or a royalty.

If you need assistance with negotiating and memorializing a music licensing agreement, LawTrades can connect you with an experienced intellectual property attorney for assistance. All attorneys in our network are vetted and provide free 20 minute consultations to determine how they can assist you.