Negotiating Music Licensing and Structuring Deals: Digital Sampling, Royalty Rates, Music Copyright

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Conducted on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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This CLE webinar will guide IP counsel on negotiating and structuring music licenses. The panel will examine licenses for different uses, critical terms, royalty rates and fees. Also, the panel will tackle the subject of digital sampling, as well as lessons from recent court decisions.


Every day, music is used in a myriad of ways such as commercial advertising, movies and video games, and also at physical venues such as restaurants, bars and nightclubs. In each instance, those who use music have the legal obligation to seek and secure permission from the owners of the music or their legal representatives.

Performing Rights Organizations (PROs), such as ASCAP and BMI, offer licenses entitling users to perform and/or play music publicly. But some uses of music require additional or other kinds of consent such as “sync” licenses for the use of songs in audiovisual works and “master use” licenses for the right to use original recordings. Failure to secure the right permissions for music could come at a significant cost.

The Music Modernization Act is currently working its way through Congress, passed unanimously by the House, it reportedly has strong support in the Senate. The legislation will change music copyright law, including how music services pay royalties. Counsel must understand how licensing works in the variety of music formats available now and evolving, such as YouTube, VOD services, digital sheet music services, and many more.

Listen as our authoritative panel examines licensing strategies and negotiations in the world of music licensing. The panel will explore how licenses are structured, royalty rates, and the impact of digital sampling and streaming. The panel will discuss recent court decisions and the lessons from those decisions.



  1. Music licensing strategies
  2. Licensing negotiations and structuring contracts
  3. Music copyrights
  4. Royalty rates
  5. Impact of digital sampling and streaming
  6. Recent court decisions and lessons from those decisions


The panel will review these and other high priority issues:

  • What terms are critical to music licensing agreements?
  • How have digital sampling and online streaming increased the complexity of music licensing?
  • What are the best practices for counsel for licensors and licensees when negotiating music licenses? What strategies should IP counsel employ to enforce IP rights in the music?


Monath, Robert
Robert A. Monath

Intellectual Property Attorney
Robert A. Monath

Mr. Monath’s practice focuses on the protection and development of intellectual property. He handles legal and...  |  Read More

Oxenford, David
David D. Oxenford

Wilkinson Barker Knauer

Mr. Oxenford has represented broadcasters for over 35 years on a wide array of matters from the negotiation and...  |  Read More

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