Audio Network License Agreement

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London/Los Angeles – April 11, 2019 – Entertainment One (eOne) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a 100% stake in uk-based Audio Network Limited (Audio Network), one of the largest independent creators and publishers of high-quality original music in film, television, advertising and digital media, for approximately $215 million. The transaction solidifies eOne`s position as the leading end-to-end independent music brand. The announcement was made by Darren Throop, President and CEO of eOne, along with Global President, Music Chris Taylor, and with Audio Network Founder and President Andrew Sunnucks and CEO Robb Smith. While copyright automatically applies to all original songs and recordings, some rights holders choose to license their works under a specific licensing system intended to reuse works that are more accessible and easier to other authors and users. Creative Commons is the best-known example. This license rate allows authors to authorize the use and reuse of their works under certain conditions, without subsequent users having to request permission or payment. In order to maximize the dissemination and use of its educational resources, CopyrightUser.org distributes almost all of its content under the most open Creative Commons license: CC BY. This license allows any user to freely share, remix, modify and rely on the content of users protected by copyright, on the sole condition of identifying the authors of the work and recognizing CopyrightUser.org as a source. I have used Audio Network exclusively for many high-traffic projects, as their audio quality and diversity is unmatched. We had a very special video project for which we gave our services. We had one-on-one contact with one of the license delegates who helped us get the right license and documentation. Great experience! In the event of a violation of any copyright law or the provisions of this Agreement, the Agreement shall terminate automatically and immediately without notice from Yamaha. Upon such termination, you must immediately destroy the Licensed Software, all accompanying written materials, and all copies thereof.

The ability of authors to grant use of a copyrighted work or to only parts of it depends on ownership of the rights in the work. In some cases, creators, like Tina and Ben, own the copyright to both the song and the recording and can negotiate a “sync fee” directly with the third party, such as a filmmaker (like here) or a game company. Alternatively, a music publishing house and/or record company (all or part of them) can control the rights and they are the ones who negotiate the license or allow a specialized “sync” company to do so on their behalf. For big budget productions such as Hollywood movies, the dubbing license can be very lucrative for rights holders! Revenues from these sources are shared with authors and performers under the terms of the publishing/disc agreement (see Track 4). While Creative Commons CC BY may be a good licensing option for educational resources such as CopyrightUser.org, this license agreement would not be suitable for authors wishing to monetize their work….

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