What is Copyright Licensing?
A copyright, or aspects of it, may be assigned or transferred from one party to another creating a “license to use.” One very common example of copyright licensing is when a musician records an album for a record company, and agrees to transfer all copyrights in the recordings to the record company in exchange for royalties and other forms of compensation.
For general licensing information, please visit the Copyright Office’s licensing guide. For licensing information for specific types of works such as music, books, photography, and motion pictures, please visit any of the following licensing resources from members of the Copyright Alliance:
- American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Licensing FAQ
- Broadcaster Music, Inc.(BMI) Licensing FAQ
- SESAC Licensing FAQ
- Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Licensing Resources
- American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) Licensing Guide
- Getty Images Licensing FAQ
- Getty Images License Term Summary
- National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Licensing FAQ
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