COPYRIGHT & MCPS-PRS
Unless you’ve written all the songs that you’re using on the cd yourself, you will need to obtain a licence to go ahead with the replication. This is a legal matter and all plants require to see either your AP2 licence, or at least a copy of your application for one. It’s not a big deal, it’s not very difficult and to get your cd pressed you’ll need it, so believe me, it’s far easier to Just Do IT!
We’re here and we’ll be happy to give you all the advice you need.
You can apply on line for your AP2 Licence at the following link.
On Line MCPS AP2 Licence Application Form.
We have an agreement with the MCPS and are allowed to proceed with the pressing before your licence is received as long as we know it has been applied for.
You might like to see the AP2 Frequenly Asked Questios Page for more info.
MCPS Contact Info.
M.C.P.S. (Mechanical Copyright Protection Society) is the body who issues the licences in the UK and are who you will need to contact to apply for one.
Here are their contact details.
MCPS Ltd, Elgar House, 41 Streatham High Road, London, SW16 1ER
All enquiries -tel:020 8378 7500
fax: 020 8378 7501
Apply On Line For Your AP2 Licence.
Filling in the licence form.
To fill in the forms you will need to have the following details for each track.
The Song Title, Songwriters, Publisher details.
For manufacturer: Please put, M J Music, 139 High Road, Islington, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE34 3BH
Price: This is where you have to put a Dealer price, the price that a Dealer/Trader will pay you before he add’s his mark up to sell to the public.
This is the figure used to calculate the cost of your licence, if you’re not sure what to do, give me a call.
Promotional Allowance: You can claim 25% of your first pressing, royalty free if these are given away as promotional copies and marked as such. Visit the MCPS-PRS website for more details.
How much will the licence Be ?
The following was taken from the original MCPS website, Prices may have changed so please treat it as a guide, I hope it helps.
Royalties are calculated at maximum of 8.5% of the Published Dealer Price
(PPD – The highest unit price your retailer would pay your distributor for the product) multiplied by the number of copies to be manufactured (plus VAT).
In the absence of a PPD, it is possible to use a secondary rate; 6.5% of the retail price (ex VAT).
Royalties are only charged on MCPS controlled musical works and are calculated pro rata on timings of each musical work against the overall length of the Disc.
See the AP2 Frequenly Asked Questions Page for more info
Where do I find the track info I need ?
If you’re recording covers of songs all the information you require should be on the original recording cover, CD or LP etc. If you’re not sure of who wrote the songs, here are some links to help find the details you require. ASCAP – BMI
If you still can’t find what you need, you can ring the M.C.P.S. and they’ll do their best to help, they’ve found information for me in the past and were most helpful.
Once obtained, this information should also be displayed somewhere in your cd artwork, normally along with the titles on pages 2 or 3 or wherever suits your design best
The MCPS require that you display the letters MCPS (in Capitals) to signify the product is licenced, this should be placed on the body of the cd.