| Commentary

290 Synchronisation rights

| Commentary

290 Synchronisation rights

The use of music (and lyrics) in synchronisation with, or in timed relation to, moving images, requires the consent of the copyright owner. This consent is frequently given in a form of document which is referred to as a synchronisation licence. Where music (or lyrics) have been written by a composer who has entered into contractual arrangements with a music publisher, the music synchronisation rights are likely to be controlled by the music publisher.

Producers acquiring synchronisation rights in works will in many cases need to acquire these from the main publisher (sometimes referred to as the head

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