Music rights are complicated. ClicknClear makes it simple.
We work directly with record labels and publishers to pre-clear their content for use in your music mix.
This means that you don't need to worry about the inner workings of the music industry - if we offer it, then you can instantly license with confidence knowing all rights are already covered.
We have a huge range of great music, and tools to help you quickly find what you need. We constantly add new tracks, from global icons, current artists, and hot new talent.
Every license from us comes with an official track download. If you use a Music Producer, you work with them as normal. Share playlists with each other, choose who licenses the music, and both receive a copy of the license. Or choose to make your own mix.
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You can filter by different genres, moods, BPM and more, to help you find the perfect tracks for your routine.
You can create playlists, share with your team and add tracks straight to your cart.
Licenses are $10, $15 or $25 per track, per mix for 1 year's use in 1 country, and your license agreement is stored in your account, accessible at any time.
Add on video sync rights are also available instantly!
GET ALL THE RIGHTS YOU NEED
ClicknClear offers a specialist set of rights, direct from the music industry including the right to edit and adapt the music into a mix (tempo change, add sound effects, combine with other tracks etc) and choreograph to your routine.
By using music from ClicknClear, Federations and Event Producers can also easily license the rights for DVD, Live Streaming and Video on Demand that they ended to get routine videos online WITH the music.
All licenses include legal indemnity.
MUSIC COPYRIGHT EDUCATION
When sports and fitness routines are set to music (performance sports), proper licensing is essential for routines and performances, as well as subsequently using footage of events online. As a result, athletes, performers, teams, federations and event producers must act responsibly in respecting music copyright and address its use, for three primary reasons:
It’s the Law
It Helps Grow Your Sport
It Supports Music Creators
WHAT IS COPYRIGHT?
Performance Sports Teams and Performing Arts groups worldwide that use music have to address and respect its copyrighted use.
Usually, an individual or group of individuals who authored the work (song) will exclusively own the work or copyright. If music is used without the proper licenses, the end user can be held liable for copyright infringement, and ‘not knowing’ is not a valid defense.
Copyright law exists in most countries in the world and arises when a qualifying work is created by an individual or company. Neither publication, registration, nor other action is required to secure a copyright, although in some countries use of a copyright notice is recommended, and in a few countries (including the United States) registration of domestic works is required in order to sue for infringement.
Usually, an individual or group of individuals who authored the work will exclusively own the work.
In each piece of recorded music, there are two aspects to copyright:
i) the recorded performance of the song, and
ii) the lyrics, melody etc. created by the writers of the song.
Therefore each song is owned by two sets of copyright owners:
The artist(s) who record each version of that song (whether a worldwide hit or an anonymous cover version) own rights in the sound recording of their version.
These are called ‘master rights’.
The you have the 'publishing rights' who cover the people who wrote the song and control the musical composition of the song: Lyrics, melody, etc. Typically publishing is more complicated than master rights, as there can be several writers who each have a % share in each song which can range from less than 1% to almost 100%.
Each writer will own a certain percentage of the song depending on their contribution to the writing process.
In order to license music for your sport, you need a license from EVERY rightsholder for both the Master and Publishing sides.
THE TRADITIONAL MUSIC LICENSING PROCESS
Before ClicknClear, to license music, you’d need to follow the traditional music licensing process which looks like this:
You’d need to make sure ALL copyright owners have approved the license before you can use it.
This process can be very expensive and time consuming.
Copyright infringement refers to the use of a copyrighted work without the permission of the copyright holder, and remember, ‘not knowing’ is not a valid defense against copyright infringement, the infringing party can still be sued if they were unaware they were infringing copyright. In the United States, a fine of up to $150,000 applies to each song that is infringed on in each infringement! This amount varies in different countries and can also include a prison sentence in some cases.
The public domain refers to works that are no longer protected by copyright (that is, where the copyright has expired). There are different expiration times depending on the country and the side of music rights held. Typically, the Master rights exist for 50 years from date of release and publishing rights exist for 70-90 years from the date of the last living writer.
There is currently no database of works that are in the public domain, so extensive research needs to be done in order to ensure the work can be used.
THE MUSIC RIGHTS REQUIRED FOR YOUR SPORT
There is often misleading information about what rights are required for your sport to make a mix of music to accompany your routine.
Below is a breakdown of the rights that are needed to use a song in your routine mix:
In order to use one song for any of the above uses, you need a license from both the recording artist, and each of the songwriters.
ClicknClear offer all of these rights with our standard license for $10-$25 per song, per mix for 1 years use.
To learn more about music copyright for performance sports, check out our explainer video below:
Interested in diving deeper into music copyright?