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Master Use License Agreement



A master use license agreement is a contract for the use of someone else’s music or film media.

Uses

  • The owners of music or motion picture property wish to offer it up for use in exchange for some value
  • Purchasing the right to use music or video belonging to another.

Overview

If you are using music or video created by someone else, you may need a master use license agreement to get the legal authority to do so. If you are considering using musical or motion picture content that someone else developed, use this step-by-step guide to create a master use license agreement that suits your needs.

A master use license agreement documents official permission for the use of someone else’s intellectual property. These agreements describe the specific terms and conditions under which intellectual property can be used, typically in exchange for fees or royalties. The owner of the intellectual property is known as the licensor and the person purchasing the license is the licensee.

Many types of intellectual property are commonly licensed. Music, film, and still images are licensed if they are copyrighted, as are any other types of private media. If you are involved in businesses that use any ideas or media developed by other people, you will likely be presented with a master use license agreement at some point in time. Similarly, if you a professional musician, artists, or other creative professional service provider, you should have a master use license agreement ready to present to people who want to use your work.

A master use license agreement provides a framework for how, when, and under what circumstances someone can use the musical or artistic intellectual property belonging to another. If you own intellectual property or intend to use someone else’s intellectual property for your own commercial gain, use this interactive master use license agreement to organize the exchange.