A client of mine has been ordered by Pro organisatie Gemma in Germany to pay per unit for the use of music (on a DVD). They payed for a Mass Production Licence and did not realize they need to pay royalties: MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION RIGHTS!
There is NO WAY around this. If I’m with a PRO I can not sell royalty free music, and also not over mechanical rights. Or I need to leave the pro organisation which I will never do.
So Envato, all you need to do is a small thing: update the mass production licence for PRO… It now says:
“1. P.R.O. Music . If the Item is P.R.O. Music, this means the author of the item is a member of a P.R.O. and/or the item is registered with a P.R.O. If you intend to use the P.R.O. Music in an End Product that is publicly performed or broadcast, then you may need to obtain additional performing rights from a P.R.O. and be subject to additional fees which are collected by a P.R.O.”
This is fine for broadcast + internet music licence…
But for the Mass Production license all you need to add is: beware, you will be asked by the PRO in your country to pay royalties per produced unit. There is now way around this. To avoid this please chose a non PRO track (this is possible in the search)…
That’s all. I understand Envato does not want this: BUT IS THE LAW. As I am with a PRO I cannot sell a royalty free license for Mass production.
It’s gone so far now the PRO has asked ME TO LEAVE THEM! Serious…