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Christopher Charles Sanders - One Man Crew

CCS - One Man Crew - Pleiades

The Islanders album Majic Dream by Christopher Charles Sanders

Islanders album "Magic Dream" on iTunes!

Islanders album "Magic Dream" on YouTube!

Christopher Charles Sanders - The Islanders

The Islanders by Ray Kinsey and Chris Sanders on iTunes

The Islanders by Ray Kinsey and Chris Sanders on YouTube

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Christopher Charles Sanders - The One

Christopher Charles Sanders - The One on iTunes

Christopher Charles Sanders - The One on YouTube

Christopher Charles Sanders - Original Piano 1

Christopher Charles Sanders - Original Piano 1 on iTunes

Christopher Charles Sanders - Original Piano 1 on YouTube!

Christopher Charles Sanders - Original Piano 2

Christopher Charles Sanders - Original Piano 2 on iTunes!

Christopher Charles Sanders - Original Piano 2 on YouTube!

  • Determining what permissions are needed

  • Discover the owner(s) of the music. ( use music research links)

  • Contacting owners and negotiating an appropriate license and fee

  • Arranging written agreements for clearance

Through notes we communicate emotions.  Music can calm the savage beast and invoke memories of long ago.  Music is powerful if not the most powerful form of communication that exists around the world.

How Do I Copyright my material?

Like most things of significance, society has adopted laws to protect the interests of music rights owners.  The best known of these protections is copyright law, which regards music as a property right, just like real estate. Musicians who have created music and have not copyrighted their material should visit this link UNITED STATES COPYRIGHT OFFICE   - Other organizations such as TuneCore have created easier and faster options for today's artists.

The owners of this property (known as intellectual property) in the world of music are publishers and record companies, who have the authority to control and grant uses of their music. 

Once music is published, there is sometimes an interest by an outside 3rd party to use it for a secondary purposes, such as: advertising, commercial, compilation album, film, radio or internet site. Music copyright owners can control permission for these uses by means of licenses.

If a desired piece of music is owned by a publisher or record company, you must obtain permission by them before using their work.

Do I need music clearance?

Clearance is required if you plan to use music for a purpose restricted under copyright law, including:

  • Making copies of the music
  • Sale through distribution or internet download
  • Performing the music publicly

When is music clearance is not required? 


  • The musical work is in the public domain
  • Live performance of music
  • Live performance of music in the context of a religious service or other place of worship
  • Use of music in face-to-face classroom teaching;
  • Excerpting a limited portion of music for purposes of review or criticism.
  • You recorded a public performance

The US copyright law includes provisions for fair use, which allows that copyright owners do not always control every use of protected material. To the dismay of many, the law does not set out exactly what a fair use is, leaving it to be worked out between copyright owners, users and the courts.

Can you go to jail for clearance

Not really.

This site can help you get your music copyrighted and cleared for soundtrack compilations, commercials, internet sites, and motion pictures.  We represent some of the best producers in TV, digital video, commercials and in motion pictures, and we maintain strong relationships with major labels.  Use this site as your informational help guide.

Contact the Publisher.

In the past, music clearance was considered a "one phone call" done deal. Many lawyers and companies charge ridiculous prices on contracts that the music companies and their agents or representatives will provide. Yes this means that you do not really need any outside help. The type of license required for using music in visual media is called a synchronization license, it permits recorded music in "synchronization or timed relation" with a moving image.

Can you use a little music for free?

In order to obtain permission to use a song or recording in a TV show or motion picture you must ask the music publisher.  Producers must clear synchronization rights. The copyright law gives the creator or copyright owner absolute authority to grant these rights, therefore the process is completely negotiable.  If the musicians need exposure or have a dedicated interest in your project it is not unlikely for them to negotiate in your favor.  Good luck!



Public Domain (or PD, for short) is probably the most controversial and misunderstood topics in copyright, with enough contention and debate to fill several doctoral theses. Here are the highlights:

What is the PD?: What cannot be claimed as private property under copyright law is considered to be public domain. Therefore, a public domain work has to be defined by the protections that no longer cover it. Since these protections are in flux, extreme care must be taken before claiming something is in the public domain.

United States Copyright law, as of 1976, sets public domain at 50 years after the death of the last surviving author, but this only pertains to works created after 1978. In reality, we are still very much in the era of the 1909 law, which protects works up to 75 years from date of publication.

Determining the Public Domain status  

In the United States; simply add 75 years to the original date of publication.

Determining Public Domain outside the United States is a more complex proposition, because it requires both knowledge of the complete authorship of a work, plus confirmation all the authorís death dates.

Public Domain issues

Protected Editions. The source, as well as the work, must both be in the public domain prior to use.

Protected Musical Arrangements. The folksong "Mary had a little lamb" is public domain. If any artist recorded it tomorrow it would be protected.

Recordings: Beethoven is in the Worldwide public domain, but taking music from a brand-new performance infringes the copyright of the publisher and owner.

Using US Public Domain works abroad. Just because it was recorded in 1920 does not make it legal.  Many works are public domain in the United States by virtue of their publication dates, but protected abroad because of the authorís death date. Works can be protected 50 years past the death date of an artist.


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Copyright Law refers to a body of national and state laws, provisions of international treaties (such as the Berne Convention and the Global Agreement on Tariffs and Trade), as well as customary business practices surrounding use of intellectual property.

In the US, music is protected under the Copyright Act of 1976. This law provides protection for songs and other musical works, as well as sound recordings of those works.

The law grants copyright owners the exclusive right to do and authorize any of the following:

Reproduce the copyrighted work in copies (see Recording Rights);

Prepare derivative works based on upon the copyrighted work (see Adaptation Rights);

Distribute copies or records of the copyrighted work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease or lending (see Reproduction Rights);

In the case of music (as well as other protected intellectual property), perform the copyrighted work publicly (see Public Performance Rights);


Song copyrights are held by music publishers, while sound recordings are controlled by record companies.

Songwriter, Composer, Lyricist is a person who composes music or writes song melodies or lyrics.  If the music is well known, chances are that their copyright is held by a music publisher.

A Music Publisher is an entity that owns or controls the copyright to a song or musical work and represents its business interests. Publishers often represent songwriters and hold exclusive rights to their works.  

Recording Artist is a person or group who performs a song or musical work on a sound recording.

Record Company refers to a party who owns or controls a sound recording. This is often a well-known label like Sony Music or Kawaii Music, but could really be anyone who holds rights to an important recording

Song (a/k/a Musical Work, Melody or Lyric: A © copyright, which applies to musical compositions and/or lyrics. Songs and musical works are protected separately from the records and CDs on which we find them (to learn why, see sound recordings). When written, they are controlled by the composer and/or lyricist, but song copyrights are usually transferred to a music publisher once the work is released on record or otherwise published.

In the US, the words and music of a song are protected an indivisible whole, unless each was written and registered for copyright separately prior to creation of the song.

Sound Recording (a/k/a record, CD : The (P) in copyright, this is a performance of a song or musical work on fixed, reproducible media. Remember, the owner of a sound recording does not grant any rights to the underlying music Ė  just because they (you) recorded a cover song does not mean you own the work. Royalty payments apply per copy distributed to the owner of the work.  Example:  If you re-record the Beetle's song "We all live in a yellow submarine" you would have to pay Michael Jackson royalties for every copy you distribute. Why?  Because the Beatles sold their rights to him.  He owns the music.  If the work is in the Public Domain then it is yours.

You don't need permission to remake existing songs.  This circumstance will depend on your version of the song and if it can be classified as a new work.  Hip Hop artists have remade several hundreds of songs lately that have been classified as new works because of the change in performance and note progression changes.  A cover tune requires permission.  Check out Mechanical Rights.

Record companies usually own sound recordings, and using requires licensing master rights.  Some songs are very easy to acquire and some are almost impossible.  Choose wisely.





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