Licensing

We believe that music has value, and we strive to protect the copyrights of our artists.

Learn below how you may use our and our artists’ copyrights, and how you can join us in legally celebrating great music.

Information shared below is provided solely as reference and does not constitute legal advice. We recommend consulting with an attorney regarding specific usages unique to your scenario prior to using copyrighted material.

YouTube

Materia Music Publishing delivers metadata to YouTube, Facebook, Audible Magic, and many other data partners. This helps us ensure, among other things, that our artists are appropriately credited.

For YouTube, we generally only track usages for analytical and credit purposes. If you received an email about a claim, you likely did not receive a strike on your account. Please do not dispute this claim to avoid strikes on your account.

YouTube’s current policy stipulates that creators cannot monetize videos that contain third party content unless it is allowed by the content owners and meets certain requirements. We generally ask that our copyrighted content is not used and monetized.

For more information, check out our YouTube FAQ.

Information shared below is provided solely as reference and does not constitute legal advice. We recommend consulting with an attorney regarding specific usages unique to your scenario prior to using copyrighted material.

TWITCH

Original music released by Materia Music and its label partners is currently not sent to Twitch content ID nor other fingerprinting services. Streams won’t be claimed or muted.

We do not currently have a policy in place for Twitch, until Twitch offers a licensing opportunity for music publishers which more broadly respects creators and composers. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Cover Songs

If you are recording and distributing a cover song of a work in our catalog, you will likely require a mechanical license.

We recommend Easy Song Licensing for obtaining mechanical licenses for digital and physical (CD, vinyl, etc.) mechanicals.

If you are only distributing music digitally, we recommend using DistroKid, Soundrop, CD Baby, all of whom automatically process mechanical royalties.

We appreciate receiving mp3 copies of your cover songs for our records.

Medleys

To the extent legally permissible, we do not consider medleys and other interpolations of works exclusively in our catalog as derivative works. We expect full statutory mechanical royalties to be paid for each usage.

As we cannot speak for other publishers and rights holders, we suggest checking with other rights holders prior to using our works alongside others.

Sheet Music (Print)

We love seeing arrangements of our music!

Our catalog is available on Sheet Music Plus, MusicNotes, and other sites, and they are authorized to publish arrangements of our artists’ music.

If you are an arranger and interested in self-publishing arrangements of our music, we recommend Sheet Music Plus’s ArrangeMe program. Through SMP, you can legally arrange copyrighted songs, and publish sheet music, including works in our catalog.

At the moment, we do not accept custom print license requests directly. Please check with your print administrator or music publisher to assist with these opportunities.

Public Performances

To publicly perform music in our catalog, you, your band, or the venue where you are performing will require a public performance license.

Most composers and songwriters in our catalog are affiliated with Performing Rights Organizations (PROs). We appreciate receiving copies of submitted cue sheets.

At the moment, we are not able to provide direct performance licenses for events or concerts.

Remixes (Samples)

Materia Music Publishing’s catalog of works is primarily music from games. Content ID and other fingerprinting services wreck havoc on YouTube, Twitch, SoundCloud, and other platforms where gameplay is freely shared.

Do not use samples of our recordings in your own music.

We are unable to license them or support their usage, and may have to require their removal if distributed commercially.

Sound-alikes

Do not create sound-alike versions of our content for any purpose.

Sync / Film / Interactive / Dramatic / Grand Rights

We look forward to your email. Please contact us.