For audio-only permanent digital downloads, a mechanical license is required. If you expect to deliver less than 2,500 permanent downloads, you can obtain the license through HFA Songfile. If you have an established HFA Licensing Account, you can also obtain the licenses through eMechanical, or if you need to obtain licenses in bulk (over 10,000 titles) please apply for an HFA Licensing Account.
Depending on your use, you may need to obtain other kinds of licenses that HFA does not provide. Click here for more information.
HFA does not license programmed streaming (online radio). You should refer to the performing rights society websites for more information on this type of licensing (www.ascap.com, www.bmi.com, and www.sesac.com).
Yes. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org your proposed use. A representative of HFA will then contact you.
Yes. Each format you distribute requires its own license. Click here to obtain information on how to request each type of license.
A ringtone is an excerpt of a musical composition embodied in a digital file and rendered into audio. Ringtones are stored in an end-user's mobile telephone, pager or other portable communications device and played whenever the device activates its ring or alert function (upon the arrival of a call, message or other notification).
There are two basic types of ringtones: Phonic Ringtones and Pre-Recorded Ringtones. Phonic Ringtones are, most commonly, standard MIDI sound files that are either monophonic, where the ringtones are recreated using standard single notes, or polyphonic, where notes can be played simultaneously creating harmony and/or counterpoint. Pre-Recorded ringtones play actual clips from sound recordings. It should be noted that the term 'Pre-Recorded ringtone' is not the standard term industry-wide. They are also known as Trutones, Songtones, Master Ringtones, etc.
No. You need to obtain a separate license for each format.
A statutory ringtone license can be obtained using HFA’s eMechanical or bulk licensing process. For more information, click here.
No. Licenses must request and obtain a separate license for each song that they wish to offer as a ringtone. A single license will not cover all of the songs for a particular publisher, writer or catalog.
Permanent digital downloads, ringtones, interactive streams and limited downloads can be licensed at a statutory mechanical rate under U.S. Copyright Law. All songs can be licensed under the same terms, but note that HFA may not be authorized by a publisher to license a song for all of these formats.
HFA licenses cover the rights to make and distribute recordings of musical compositions. HFA licenses do NOT cover the use of existing sound recordings. Such "master rights" in existing sound recordings must be directly cleared with the appropriate copyright owner, usually a record company (label).
Additionally, please note that HFA may not represent all of the publishers on a given song. Therefore, the license you receive from HFA will only cover the percentage that is HFA-represented. You will need to obtain a mechanical license directly from any additional publishers that are not represented by HFA.
If you obtained your license through HFA’s Songfile, you do not need to pay anything more (unless you exceed the quantity of downloads on the license and need to obtain additional licenses). If you obtained your license through eMechanical or our bulk process, you will need to report your royalties on a quarterly basis as per the terms of your license. You are required to pay for usage for as long as you offer that song as a permanent digital download. Note that HFA’s licenses incorporate the statutory late fee of 1.5% a month, or 18% a year for all royalty payments due on or after March 1, 2009.
Yes, it is required under U.S. Copyright Law. This is how the publisher - and ultimately the songwriter - gets compensated for the use of their song.
HFA now offers licenses for interactive streams for one cent ($0.01) per stream via Songfile. Licenses are available for a minimum of 100 interactive streams up to 10,000 interactive streams per song licensed. These licenses are valid for the period of one year.
For quantities over 10,000 streams, licenses for interactive streaming can be obtained through our bulk licensing process. If you are interested in obtaining such licenses, please contact here.
Please contact email@example.com.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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