Music used in an advertisement may give rise to the need for clearance in respect of a number of separate rights.
Firstly, there may be copyright in the musical composition and in any lyrics1. If there is, then to record such works in synchronisation with an advertisement requires the consent of the owner or controller of the relevant copyright(s). This may be the individual composers or lyricists, but is typically one or more publishing companies or the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (‘MCPS’)2.
Secondly, there may be a separate copyright in the sound recording of the music3. This is typically owned by
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