If you want to release a film on DVD or Blu-ray, there are two types of rights you have to consider: the synchronisation rights (in order to be able to use a certain piece of music in your film) and the reproduction rights (to be allowed to duplicate the film). All the information necessary to settle the royalties with Unisono can be found here.

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Synchronisation rights

First and foremost you have to ask for permission from the publisher of the musical work. These are the ‘synchronisation royalties’ that you have to pay in order to be able to use music in a video. It is ultimately the publisher (and the record producer if you are using an existing recording) who decides whether or not the work (and the recording) may be used and how much it will cost. There is no minimum or maximum royalty for this.

You can also use so-called library or stock music. For this you pay a fixed rate per musical work and per fragment of 30 seconds.

List of publishers offering library music

Another possibility is to compose music yourself or to have it composed especially for your production. In this case you reach a direct agreement with a composer.

Finally you can always use royalty-free music that belongs to the public domain (music of which the longest living author/composer has been dead for more than 70 years).

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Reproduction rights

In order to be allowed to duplicate the audiovisual work, you also have to consider the reproduction rights. These can also be settled via MyUnisono.

Permission is granted under the following conditions:

  • If your audiovisual production contains music of which Sabam manages the rights, the royalty percentage is 3.5% of the wholesale price. This is calculated on the basis of the duration of the music in relation to the total duration of the production (film), taking into account a minimum royalty per copy of € 0.11.
     
  • If Sabam also manages the rights of the director and/or screenwriter, the royalty percentage is 6.10% of the wholesale price, taking into account a minimum royalty per copy of € 0.19.

 

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