Master VS Publishing



hello everybody this is John Fulford with the music licensing lifestyle channel how are you I am in the process of turning my living room which is where we're in right now into a podcast studio that's why you know I'm gonna stop you all right here that's why the light looks a little janky that's why this is blown out right here because the sun's coming in and I haven't had a chance to tint this window here the window here we got one softbox coming in this way I'm get the other softbox coming in that way I don't have that on right now because this this would be blown out just like Brad Pitt over here fightclub Tyler Durden so what I wanted to go over today is the difference between a master and publishing a lot of people email me some people put in the comments they weren't sure what the difference was between the master license and a publishing license people's think master they think of getting something mastered at a mastering studio I've had label owners and executives think that as well it's is that I know it's confusing that's not the case so I'm gonna break it down right now real concise very simple okay so when you're dealing with a song okay a recorded song if you singing out loud I'm not talking about that my time I'm thinking of the song I'm talking about a recorded song whether it's on a tape 8-track CD vinyl or streaming you know Spotify whenever you're dealing with recorded something recorded whether you buy the the music or you stream it like you lease it okay as long as it's recorded there's a master and then publishing and this is a very simple way to determine what's what if you write a song by yourself and the Rolling Stones record it and put it on their album that's a Rolling Stones master recording but you wrote it and let's say you don't have a pub do you publish it okay but if you record a Rolling Stone song and put it on iTunes you own the master recording you own the master recording and Rolling Stones owns the publishing because it's their song so you got to separate the actual song from the recording of the song that's why if if you write a song and and someone produces it for you that's why you pay them you pay them for the master recording that they did their job they they were the recording producer okay if they wrote it with you in the studio then they would be entitled to a piece of the publishing because they they published it they wrote it with you you know they have co-writing or a cut of the writing okay so that's all this video is for now I mean if I can keep rambling about it but that's the most concise way of explaining it yeah again thanks for subscribe please subscribe if you haven't subscribed already thank you very very much we've had a ton of subscribers already this week email me anytime at the link below for the free massive patches yay let me let me talk about the new studio we're gonna hang a curtain the one this way we're gonna hang a curtain going that way and I already got cameras which you can't see through this camera there's two cameras down here and we're gonna have up to two guests at any one time it's a little harder to have two guests because of the sound situation because I put this mic directly into the camera and there's two inputs I got to figure out a way to get a third rocking and rolling and make sure the sound sounds dope so that's what I'm doing now like is my extracurricular extra music venture you know with with the podcast I just want to start having some comedians on some musicians some youtubers all kinds of people just talking about music and what kind of music they like and do they write music and things like that so again this is John Fulford aka young Heisenberg for the music licensing lifestyle Channel

15 thoughts on “Master VS Publishing

  1. Hey John what do you say to people in the US that say that the Publishing Rights ARE the Copyrights? And those that say if a title is registered with a particular publishing company at a Performance Royalty Org and even if not with the Library of Congress/CopyrightGov, that this Publishing Company OWNS the Copyright of the song?

  2. this is so difficult to translate for a rapper buying an exclusive instrumental from a producer online and them( the producer) wanting 50 percent of the writiers share and 50 percent of the publishers share as well as maintaining full owner ship of the MASter recording of the original underlying composition …so after buying exclusive rights for a high price i also have to fork over half my rights and shares as if they were in the studio with me creating the NEW SONG that would be released be me and or my label for my album or single….YOUR THOUGHTS???

  3. So when Chris Brown signed this new deal and he’s own his masters becoming one of the youngest ever to do that .

    So my question is what’s the benefits for the artists? More money ?

  4. Okay so if I produce my own beat and I'm the artist on the beat and i get it copyrighted do I own the masters then? How do you go about owning the masters is there paper work involved or if you create your own beat and song and get that copywritten do you automatically own the masters

  5. I totally understand the importance of publishing, but I've wondered about the importance of the master tapes, I read a story that U2 struck a deal with their label to take a lower royalty rate if they could own their master tapes, that's quite a big financial step to take, why is owning the master tapes so important? Can you make money in a different way from them?

  6. If I lease a beat which let's say let's me distribute up to 5000 copies, I wrote a song myself to the leased beat, and payed a studio to record me performing the song on the leased beat, is the person that I leased the beat from entitled to part of the publishing since the leased beat is really still considered his beat?

  7. So, the master recording just means that I can play it in my headphones, but I cannot distribute it without the publishing license. Correct? I have a few videos on Youtube of my covers of other artists and one of them was pegged as copyrighted material, so commercials were enabled on the video. I have no plans on making money from any of these; it's more just to show people my level of talent and taste in music. From the explanations I've heard it looks like I cannot distribute these without a sync or mechanical license. But, if the recording I made wasn't taken down and all they did was add commercials, I wonder if I can continue to roll with this or if they'll shut my channel down after three hits?

  8. Hey John…..have you thought about doin a few "Behind The Sync" episodes again? The way your first few episodes were constructed REALLY motivated me to get in to music licensing about a year ago. Im sure you have your reasons on why you didnt continue those – just throwin' the idea back out. #KeepMotivating

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