HFA is the leading provider of right management, licensing, and royalty services for the U.S. music industry and issues the largest number of licenses for the use of music in both physical and digital distribution formats. HFA also serves the D.I.Y. market with Songfile, the company's online licensing tool. Slingshot, HFA's rights management service offering, includes a suite of information management and technology solutions designed to simplify and facilitate the administration of intellectual property rights. For more information about HFA, please click here.
- To reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords;
- To prepare derivative works based upon the work;
- To distribute copies or phonorecords of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
- To perform the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works;
- To display the copyrighted work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work;
- In the case of sound recordings, to perform the work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.
"Fair Use" is a limitation on the rights granted under U.S. Copyright Law that allows reproduction of a copyrighted work for certain purposes, such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research. Fair use doesnâ€™t include small quantity recordings made for or by charity or religious organizations; nor does it exempt recordings that are distributed without charge. The distinction between "Fair Use" and infringement is often not clear and it may be advisable to consult an attorney. Willful copyright infringement can carry statutory damages up to $150,000 per infringement.
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Once your claim has been received, we research the song ownership information in our song database. In the event of a discrepancy between your claim and the song information in our database, a "Notice of Claim" will be sent to the publisher of record to initiate a resolution of your claim. Otherwise, if your claim is concurrent with the results of the research, the song information will be updated in our song database.
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If payments are not received by the due date, you will incur an interest charge at the current statutory rate, and your company may be subject to further legal action.
Any reduced rates must be negotiated directly with the copyright owner, publisher, or administrator prior to obtaining the mechanical license. A gratis license (no royalties paid) is considered a reduced rate. When requesting a reduced rate license through HFA, a licensee must submit an original copy of written publisher approval of the reduced rate with a standard mechanical license request.
Please note that reduced rate licenses are not available through Songfile or for digital configurations.
HFA licenses for a minimum of 25 units of physical products (CDs, cassettes, and vinyl), or 25 permanent digital downloads (PDDs). You can apply for these licenses quickly and easily using Songfile and pay with a credit card (MasterCard, Visa, or American Express) or from your checking account.
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For quantities over 10,000 interactive streams, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If HFA licenses part of the song, you can get a license for the percentage of the song that HFA represents through Songfile. To obtain a license for the remaining percentage, or for a format that HFA is not authorized to license, you will need to contact the publisher directly. It is your responsibility to obtain licenses from each publisher that owns part of the song so that you are licensed for 100% of the song. If you are not licensed for 100% of the song, you could be liable for infringement.
To locate publisher information, you can use the Songfile Public Search or visit:
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To use the License Reorder option, log in to your Songfile account and click on the "View My Licenses" button. You will see a list of the Songfile licenses issued to you. Select which license you wish to reorder by clicking the "reorder" link in the column on the far right. You will then see the details of your previous order, and depending on any changes you want to make, will be auto-populated into your new license request (you will have the opportunity to change the licensee and artist information when you check out). Verify the type of license (physical, ringtones or PDDs), configuration or online distribution information, and the quantity for your new license.
The Songfile system will then verify HFA's current representation of the song. Over time, HFA's representation of a song may change. It is also possible that HFA may not represent the song for the alternate format. If there are any changes, the "Song Licensing Status" screen will appear. Any changes to HFA's song representation since the time of your original license transaction are highlighted in the "% Licensable" column. If HFA now represents more of a song, the licensable percentage is highlighted in green. If HFA now represents less of a song, the licensable percentage is highlighted in yellow. If at this time HFA does not represent the song for the desired configuration, the song is highlighted in red. If a song is not represented by HFA, Songfile will not place it in your shopping cart. Once the status is verified, you will see the Songfile Cart. If you wish, you can then remove songs from the cart, or you can add additional songs by clicking the "search again" button. Once you have entered all the songs you would like for this licensing transaction, click "license request/check out." The fields on the check out screens will be auto-populated with the licensee and artist information from the original transaction. Make any necessary changes and complete any additional fields. Please note that HFA does not retain your payment information, so you will need to enter a credit card or bank account number, depending on your payment choice.
Note: You are responsible for obtaining license authority from each publisher that owns part of the above song. If you do not obtain all required license authority, you could be liable for infringement. If HFA represents only part of the song, you can complete your licensing transaction through Songfile for the percentage of the song that HFA represents; your royalty rate will be pro-rated accordingly. To obtain a license for the remaining percentage, or for a song that is not represented by HFA, you must contact the publisher directly. For more information on this process, contact email@example.com.
Synchronization rights do not include the right to publicly perform music if your audio-visual project is transmitted to the public. In that case, you may need a public performance license from one of the performing rights organizations:
If you are not an eSynch registered user, you may create an account here. If you already have a Songfile account, use that login and password to access eSynch. Once you have logged in to eSynch, you can search for and listen to the music you may want to license by clicking on â€œSearch and Listen.â€
The five defined types of interactive streams that require a mechanical license are:
Standalone Non-Portable Streaming Only
A service where the user can listen to sound recordings only in the form of interactive streams and only from a non-portable device to which such streams were originally transmitted while device has a live network connection.
Standalone Non-Portable Mixed Use
A service where the user can listen to sound recordings either in the form of interactive streams or limited downloads, but only from a non-portable device to which the streams or downloads were originally transmitted.
Standalone Portable Mixed Use
A service where the user can listen to sound recordings as interactive streams or limited downloads from a portable device.
A subscription service offering one or more products or services bundled together without separate pricing for the individual components of the bundle.
Free Ad-Supported Services
A service offering interactive streams and/or limited downloads to the end user free of charge.