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A mechanical license is a (often required) license that grants certain limited permissions to work with, study, improve upon, reinterprete, re-record (etc.) something that is not either a free open source item or in the public domain.

Within the music industry, a mechanical licence gives the holder permission to create copies of a recorded song which they did not write and/or do not have copyright over. It is an agreement with the copyright holder, the publisher, or the songwriter that allows the holder to reproduce the sound recording.

Copyright law also allows for a compulsory mechanical license where permission from the original author is not required. In the United States of America, most mechanical licenses are negotiated through the Harry Fox Agency. A mechanical license can only be used after the original copyright holder has exercised their exclusive right of first publishing, or permission is negotiated.

In America, section 115(a)(2) states: "A compulsory license includes the privilege of making a musical arrangement of the work to the extent necessary to conform it to the style or manner of interpretation of the performance involved, but the arrangement shall not change the basic melody or fundamental character of the work ..." thus preventing mechanical licenses being used to make substantially derivative works of a song.

This license is often used for the purpose of self-promotion. For instance a cellist who played on a recorded song may obtain a mechanical license in order to distribute copies of the song to others as an example of his cello playing. This is also used by recording artists performing cover versions of songs and artists who do not typically write their own songs, as is typical in Country and Pop music. In the United States, this is required by copyright law regardless whether or not the copies are for commercial sale.

A mechanical license is not generally required for an artist who is recording and distributing their own work.

In October, 2006 the Register of Copyright ruled that ring tones are subject to compulsory licensing.



In respect to the compositions exhibited by Larry Gene Music, a mechanical license may be attained. Please fellow this link. Mechanical License Agreement


You will need to print, complete and return license agreement for validation.


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