There are four types of music licenses and depending on your intended
usage of the song you need to obtain the proper permission and licenses.
They are a mechanical license, a performance license, a synchronozation
license and a print license.
License allows you to make reproductions of a song in a
fixed medium so that an exact number of sales can be monitored and
proper royalties are passed on to the owner and or publisher. Mechanical
License allows the composer(s) to receive royalties for
a public performance of their music
License pays royalties to the composer/publisher when their
music is integrated into a movie or other multimedia medium.
License gives permission to reproduce copyrighted materials.
Many times you can acquire this permission from the publisher. All
music will have publisher information on the bottom of the page.
permssion to use images can be very difficult. Even if an image does
not have an author it does not mean that it is free to use. The best
practice is to contact the site where you found the desired image
and ask them who owns the image.
to use printed material must be started with the publisher.
In many cases the publisher will represent the author and your permission
quest may end here. Never assume that the publisher can grant you
permission verbally, always get it in writing.
A good place to start searching for Materials is at
Records from 1978 forward are available for searching over the Internet
In addition, approximately 150,000 of copyright registrations from
1790 through 1870 are available on microfilm in the Copyright Office.