The synchronisation licence permits the accompaniment of a moving image with the underlying musical work. Consequently, the “synch” licence is required for videos, motion pictures, television, commercials, and other visual formats that are combined with musical works.
The synch licence is generally granted by the publisher or his/her representative (in this case COSCAP) to the producer of the visual work. It authorises the utilisation of the underlying musical composition. Similar to a mechanical licence, any proceeds go to the benefit of the publisher and/or writer (i.e. the owner of the copyright in the underlying work).
The synch licence itself does not permit the use of a recording of the particular musical composition. A separate recording or master use licence is required for such a use or, in the alternative, a new recording of the work would have to be made.
The licence fee payable depends on the intended use, duration of use and production budget.