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Sold licenses: typical license types, terms and pricing

This article lets you explore a sampling of typical music licensing deals which have been transacted via the LicenseQuote global stores used by our member publishers, library owners and their clients. For each transaction we list the license type, selected usage terms and sold license price.  For convenience the sampling of typical sold licenses (listed below) is sorted in alphabetical order.

Sold licenses: background and purpose

Most licenses used the standard (default) pricing calculator (in U.S. dollars), though some base prices may be been adjusted by the publishers. There are also several examples of custom licenses which were negotiated between the publishers and their licensing clients. This sampling primarily includes transactions completed and/or paid On-line using PayPal and credit card collection methods, though some transactions may have been collected via other methods such as check, wire or money order.

Disclaimers: Other licenses negotiated and/or completed Off-line are tracked differently and not included in this sampling. Sample data is not more than 12 months old and represents only typical terms and pricing of many common, similar types of single-license pricing deals. Therefore, this sampling does NOT include blanket or other volume licensing terms which may have been negotiated or approved on a separate, customized basis.

Please note, these are historical sales figures which don’t have a direct bearing on today’s or future pricing which will vary based on the publisher’s country of origin, currency used, library type and relative valuation of specific tracks, brands and catalogs. Use only as a reference for education and personal study.

Audio, composition & sound recordings, and corporate use licenses

Audio Projects – Music Length: Entire song, Theme Song: Will not be theme song, Use: Background, $286.00

Composition and Sound Recordings – License Terms: 10 years, Number of Phonorecord Copies: 2500 or less, Organization Type: Singer, Songwriter, or Rapper, Song Use: Composition & Sound Recording, Song Use Duration: Entire Song, Territory: International,  $20.00

Composition and Sound Recordings – License Terms: Life Of Copyright, Number of Phonorecord Copies: 1,000, Organization Type: Non-Profit, Educational, Song Use: Composition, Song Use Duration: Entire Song, Territory: The Universe (all galaxies), $75.00

Composition and Sound Recordings – License Terms: 5 years, Number of Phonorecord Copies: 1,000, Organization Type: Business/Corp. – external for profit, Song Use: Composition & Sound Recording, Song Use Duration: Entire Song, Territory: The Universe (all galaxies), $375.00

Corporate – Corporate, Audience Type: In-house, License Period : 3 year, Audience Size: 1 to 100, $125.00

Custom licenses

Custom License – License Type: Custom Alteration (Includes License Use), $49.00

Custom License – Negotiation Type: Request quote, $208.00

Custom License – Negotiation Type: Request quote, $462.38

Custom License – Negotiation Type: Request quote, $525.00

DVD and film licenses

DVDs (Photography Slideshow or Videography) – How many songs?: 1 song, Units Manufactured or Distributed: 50 copies, $10.00

Film – Project Type: Student Film, License Duration: Perpetuity, Trailer Usage: Yes, Usage Type: Feature Music, Territory: Single country / web, $81.00

Film – Project Type: Festival Only, License Duration: Perpetuity, Trailer Usage: No, Usage Type: Feature Music, Territory: Worldwide, $226.80

Internet website and flash licenses

Internet Website, Flash – Music Length: No more than 30 seconds of song, Theme Song: Will not be site’s theme song, Type of Web Site: Personal web page, License Duration: 1 year, $33.88

Internet Website, Flash – Music Length: Entire song, Theme Song: Will not be site’s theme song, Type of Web Site: Non-profit web site, License Duration: 1 year, $84.70

Internet Website, Flash
– Music Length: Entire song, Theme Song: Will not be site’s theme song, Type of Web Site: Non-profit web site, License Duration: 1 year, $84.70

Internet Website, Flash –  Music Length: Entire song, Theme Song: Will not be site’s theme song, Type of Web Site: Non-profit web site, License Duration: 1 year, $84.70

Internet Website, Flash – Type of Web Site: Business web page, License Duration: 1 year, $110.00

Internet Website, Flash – Music Length: No more than 30 seconds of song, Theme Song: Will not be site’s theme song, Type of Web Site: Non-profit web site, License Duration: Perpetuity, $123.20

Internet Website, Flash – Music Length: Entire song, Theme Song: Will not be site’s theme song, Type of Web Site: Non-profit web site, License Duration: Perpetuity, $154.00

Internet – Website, Flash –  Music Length: Entire song, Theme Song: Will not be site’s theme song, Type of Web Site: Non-profit web site, License Duration: Perpetuity, $154.00

Internet Website, Flash – Music Length: Entire song, Theme Song: Will not be site’s theme song, Type of Web Site: Non-profit web site, License Duration: Perpetuity, $154.00

Internet Website, Flash – Music Length: Entire song, Theme Song: Will not be site’s theme song, Type of Web Site: Business web page, License Duration: Perpetuity, $308.00

Video, public space and radio ad licenses

Music for Video, Flash – Music Length: Entire song, Theme Song: Will not be site’s theme song, Looped: No looping, Type of Web Site: Business web page, License Duration: 1 year, $264.69

Public Space (Restaurants, Trade shows, Retail spaces) –  Number of Tracks: Up to 12 tracks or 1 Album, Number of Locations: 11 to 50 , License Duration: Up to 5 years, $120.00

Radio Ad or Production – Music Length: No more than 30 seconds of song, License Duration: Less than 3 months, Territory: One individual market (i.e. local), $30.00

Single units and slide show licenses

Single Units (Wedding video, small quantity for profit) –  How many songs?: 2 songs, Units Manufactured or Distributed: 300 copies, $250.00

Slide Show or PowerPoint – Lifetime of Presentation: Up to one year, Description: Available to the public (including internet), $50.00

Slide Show or PowerPoint – Lifetime of Presentation: Perpetuity, Description: Available to the public (including internet), $84.36

Telephone or music on hold licenses

Telephone or Music On Hold – Personal Use (single family or home office), License Duration: 1 year, $9.00

Video, DVD or CDROM licenses

Video (Music for Video, DVD or CDROM) – Music Length: Entire song, Theme Song: Will not be theme song, Distribution: Available to the public on websites or for sale, Budget: Under $100.00 (or no budget), $43.23

Video (Music for Video, DVD or CDROM) – Music Length: Entire song, Theme Song: Will be the theme song, Distribution: Available to the public on websites or for sale, Budget: Under $100.00 (or no budget), $66.15

Video (Music for Video, DVD or CDROM) – Music Length: No more than 45 seconds of song, Theme Song: Will not be theme song, Distribution : Internal use only, $97.50

Video (Music for Video, DVD or CDROM) – Entire song, Theme Song: Will not be theme song, Distribution: Available to the public on websites or for sale, $100.00

Video (Music for Video, DVD or CDROM) – Music Length: Entire song, Theme Song: Will not be theme song, Distribution: Available to the public on websites or for sale, $107.25

Video (Music for Video, DVD or CDROM) – Music Length: Entire song, Theme Song: Will not be theme song, Distribution : Internal use only, Budget: Under $10,000, $115.36

Video (Music for Video, DVD or CDROM) – Music Length: Entire song, Theme Song: Will not be theme song, Distribution : Available to the public on websites or for sale, Budget: Under $1,000, $118.56

Video (Music for Video, DVD or CDROM) – Music Length: Entire song, Theme Song: Will be the theme song, Distribution: Available to the public on websites, not for sale, $128.70

Video (Music for Video, DVD or CDROM) – Music Length: No more than 45 seconds of song, Theme Song: Will not be theme song, Distribution: Available to the public on websites or for sale, $200.00

Video games licenses

Video Games (Non-Web) – Platform: Xbox Indie Games, Format: Download Only, Advertising Usage: No, $40.00

Video Games (Non-Web) – Platform: iPhone / Android, Format: Download Only, Used in Advertising?: Web Trailer, Type of Game: Commercial Release, $103.95

Video Games (Web) – Game Pricing: Free game, Length of Music: Full Song, Distribution: Personal Site Only, $45.00

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