If you want to use music in an online video, you must take into account two types of rights: 

  • synchronisation rights
  • performing rights. 


Synchronisation rights

First of all, you must request permission from the publisher of the musical work. In exchange, you pay the so-called synchronisation rights to be able to use the musical work in your video.

The publisher(s) (and if you are using an existing recording, the producer as well) decide whether you may use the work and in return for what fee. Please note there is no minimum or maximum fee. 

Looking for the publisher of a particular work? Consult our catalogue

An alternative? Production music!

You can also use production music (so-called library, illustration or stock music). This means you simply pay a fixed rate per 30-second fragment.

Consult our list of publishers who offer production music

Do you prefer to have music composed especially for your production? Then make an arrangement directly with a composer.

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Performing rights

Then there are also the royalties for the performing rights that you have to pay for making a work available online. More information on the applicable rate can be found here.

Attention! It is important to note that, in addition to the copyright royalties, there are also neighbouring rights royalties (for instance for the producer). If you want to make certain films available on the Internet, the producers must give you prior permission to do so.

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