Below you will fine some links to useful sites which may be of interest when producing you project. Please note these links are to external companies and websites which are out of our control. The information below was correct at the time or publication but may change without prior warning.
PRS for Music – www.prsformusic.com
The PRS are responsible for collection and distribution of royalties on copyright music. If you are producing CDs or DVDs containing audio tracks which are subject to copyright then you need to apply for an MCPS license.
There are many different types of license available, the Limited Manufacture licence (LM) is quick, affordable and grants you ‘blanket’ permission to legally use any music in your own DVDs, CDs or videos (and other formats) and is perfect for production runs limited in volume.
PPL UK – www.ppluk.com
International Standard Recording Codes (ISRCs) are an internationally recognised system to identify recorded music tracks and music videos. By embedding ISRC codes into your audio CDs it assists the PPL in collection of royalty payments on your behalf, this is particularly important if your CD is likely to get air play.
Gracenotes – www.gracenote.com
Gracenote music recognition technology and metadata helps hundreds of millions of music fans identify, discover and connect with the songs and artists they love every day. Gracenotes is an online database of music which allows computer media players to recognise a CD or song and then display track information. Many computer programs do not read the embedded CD text but instead use online databases. iTunes uses Gracenotes.
AMG Lasso – www.allmusic.com
AMG Lasso (All Music) is another major online music recognition database. It is very similar to Gracenotes but is used by different programs such as Windows Media player.
BBFC – www.bbfc.co.uk
The British Board of Film Classification is an independent, non-governmental body which has classified cinema films since it was set up in 1912 and videos/ DVDs since the Video Recordings Act was passed in 1984. If you are producing a video for retail release then you will need to obtain a rating from the BBFC – there are some exemptions form classification based on the content eg. works which, taken as a whole, are designed to inform, educate or instruct.