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Copyright Permission: Music
This guide lists and links to organizations that manage copyright permissions.
When you need permission to use a music recording, you have to get permission from two separate contacts:
Rights to the song itself, from the music publisher.
You track down the music publisher by looking up the song in iMuzDB or another source listed in the box below.
Rights to the recorded performance, a.k.a. master rights, from the record company, a.k.a. label
Smaller record companies will put their name on the CD insert or in the metadata of the MP3 (or other digital music file)
Larger record companies are listed in a box below.
User-contributed encyclopedia of music including artists, bands, songs, record labels, reviews.
Rights Management Organizations
Each of these organizations has a database you can search to get the contact information for the music publisher (which is what you need for the song rights) and the label (which is what you need for the master rights.)
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