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Licensing Policies / International record label for house, electronic & dance music

Licensing Policies

This page provide details on our various licensing & use policies. If you have any questions that are not covered by the policies below, contact us with your questions.

MUSIC SUPERVISORS
If you are a music supervisor seeking the right track for your client's TV, film, or video game products, Play Records is your one-stop shop for sample-free music content in electronic and dance music genres. If you wish to submit a RFP to us or have any questions regarding licensing music from our catalogue, please contact our licensing manager at sam@playrecords.net.

DJ MIXES
If you are a DJ who would like to use a track from our catalogue in a continuous DJ mix you intend to upload and make publicly available, we do not require you to pay a licensing fee so long as your mix includes at least 10 different tracks (or different track mixes) and has a run-time of at least 45 minutes. This also applies to remixes. If it's in a DJ mix that meets the conditions listed above, go to town with your remixing. And maybe let us know about your DJ mix so we can like and/or share it.

SINGLES
We do not permit the upload of any single tracks from our catalogue to any publicly-available platform without first acquiring a license from us, which we are under no obligation to grant. Contact us for more info.

REMIXES
Due to agreements in place with some of the artists whose work is in our catalogue, we do not - as a general rule - permit unlicensed/bootleg remixes of tracks from our catalogue. If you have produced a remix of a track from our catalogue, send it to us. It may be of sufficient quality to be released through legitimate channels. If it's not a track by one of the more popular artists in our catalogue, it's entirely likely we would permit you to upload it with the condition that you link to the original mix and do not provide a download link for your remix. In other words, contact us and inquire. We're happy to make compromises with honest, upfront remix artists.

COVER VERSIONS
We do not permit the upload of any cover versions (mechanical reproductions) of tracks in our catalogue to any publicly-available platforms without first acquiring a mechanical license to do so. As with remixes, we do make occasional and conditional exceptions. Contact us and inquire.

MASHUPS
Because mashups infringe upon multiple copyrighted works simultaneously, we do not permit the upload of any mashups of any tracks from our catalogue to any publicly-available platforms. As an alternative to having your mashups taken down, we recommend making mashups of 10 or more tracks with a runtime of at least 45-minute - AKA a DJ mix.

FAIR USE/FAIR DEALING
Fair Use is an exception within copyright law that allows you to use copyrighted content without a license for the purpose of education, criticism, or satire. Some examples:

  • Education - If you upload a cover version of a track from our catalogue to YouTube, that does not meet the criteria of fair use. However, if the video track of your upload shows the active workspace of your audio software as the track is playing or shows which keys on the piano you are playing, those would both have educational value. Viewers could watch your video and learn how to play a track or learn how it was constructed.
     
  • Criticism/Satire - An album or song review can include copyrighted content in them because it offers criticism of the copyrighted work. Certain song parodies are satire; however it must be the original copyrighted work that you are satirizing. You can't just take a copyrighted composition, changes the lyrics, and call it fair use. For instance, Weird Al Yankovic's Fat is not a satire of Michael Jackson's Bad because it's not about Michael Jackson's Bad being fat. Whereas, Yankovic's This Song's Just Six Words Long is a satire of George Harrison's Got My Mind Set On You because he's making fun of the simplicity and repetitiveness of Harrison's original work.


ALTERNATIVES
We believe that there is a place for bootlegs in the music industry. However, that place is not on any publicly-available commercial platform. It does not matter if you are making money off of our property or not. You are adding value to any platform to which you upload our copyrighted content - that value that is ours to give, not yours to give.

If you want to share your bootleg, there are plenty of places to do that without attracting our attention. But if you post your bootleg on any publicly-available distribution platform, you should expect to have your upload discovered and taken down. And takedowns can often have a negative effect on the status of your account on that distribution platform.