[LAU] [OT] creative commons non-commercial licensed music - ask for advice

thomas fisher studio1 at commspeed.net
Fri Jan 25 23:58:59 EST 2008

On Friday 25 January 2008 19:03:02 Ken Restivo wrote:

Cesare Marilungo <cesare at poeticstudios.com>
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Today 19:03:02
On Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 03:06:07PM +0100, Cesare Marilungo wrote:
> I received an email from a film producer (based in Los Angeles, probably 
> an indie studio) in which he wrote that the director of a movie they're 
> just finishing (they're at post-production stage) is interested in using 
> two tracks of mine, 'Balloon' (http://www.cesaremarilungo.com/media) and 
> 'As we grow older' (http://www.cesaremarilungo.com/media/the-moon-ep).
> I released these tracks under a non-commercial Creative Commons license:
> http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed-music.
> In the past some of my music has been used for some short films, but 
> these were clearly non commercial projects or film schools thesis.
> Has anybody some experience on this topic? What should I do? Should I 
> re-license these tracks? Can I just make them a written permission? Or 
> should I ask for some kind of royalty (or would it be ridiculous, also 
> considering that AFAIK Gyorgy Ligeti has never been paid for its music 
> on '2001 A space odyssey' :-) )?
> Thanks in advance,

Congratulations! I consider licensing deals the holy grail; much as I love 
publishing my work as CC-BY-SA, and will continue to do so, I would love to 
close a licensing deal and make some money. More money == more time to make 
music and more ability to upgrade gear in the future if needed. Moby, here I 

You may cross-license anything any way you like. You own it. The rights you 
define via any license are for anyone else, not for you. But be careful in 
any contract you might sign, to make sure it doesn't restrict you from 
licensing it any way you want (the scary word to look for here 
is "exclusive").

Definitely see a lawyer. Not just any lawyer, but an entertainment industry 
lawyer with experience in Hollywood. The big issue here isn't so much legal 
as negotiating leverage: how much do these guys want your music, and how much 
are they willing to pay for it? Make sure you get a fair price. I recommend a 
lawyer whose offices are in Los Angeles for something like this, and who is 
very active in the movie industry.

By the way, I put some of my music up on musicsupervisor.com on a bandmember's 
recommendation. It looks like it might be a good site for trying to get 
licensing deals. Also, Magnatune.com operates this way too: they try to find 
licensing deals (movies, TV, commercials, games, ringtones, etc.) and they 
split it 50% with you. I haven't submitted anything to them yet because I 
can't choose what to send them, I have too much stuff. 


Thanks for the leads.
Does anyone know of similar sites that cater to background and audio effects?

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