If you are reproducing physical product then you will need a mechanical licence. CMRRA issues mechanical licenses through two basic plans to individuals or companies reproducing music on physical product(s): “pay-as-you-press or import”, or pursuant to the terms of the standard Mechanical Licensing Agreement. See which plan you qualify for below.
- Limited Quantity Licensing (Pay-As-You-Press/Import): If you are manufacturing or importing products in small quantities, or releasing sound recordings on a one-shot or limited basis, our Pay-As-You-Press/Import plan is the appropriate method of application for you. To obtain a “pay-as-you-press/import” licence, or for more detailed information about this plan, please click here or visit our Pay-As-You-Press Licensing FAQ.
- The Mechanical Licensing Agreement: if you are manufacturing or importing sound recording products on a continuing basis, we may require that you enter into CMRRA’s standard Mechanical Licensing Agreement (MLA). Under the MLA, royalties are payable as products are sold on a quarterly basis. The MLA sets out standard terms and conditions related to licence application, royalty rates, sales and royalty reporting requirements, reserve accounting, promotional copies, deletes and, where applicable, the treatment of songs covered by controlled composition clauses. For more information regarding the MLA, please visit our Mechanical Licensing FAQ or contact our Independent Licensing Department.