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What is music clearance?

Music clearance is licensing the use of a song for use in film, television, or video games

Music clearance is licensing the use of a song, often from two parties: the owner of the song itself and the owner of the master recording. 

An example of music clearance was the creation of the soundtrack for the movie Forrest Gump (1994), which contains numerous classic American songs, such as “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley and “California Dreamin’” by the Mamas and the Papas. The director, Robert Zemeckis had originally put many of these tracks in as temp music, but the production team could not imagine the film without them. The studio eventually obtained the rights for all of them - at apparently enormous cost. The soundtrack eventually sold over twelve million copies.

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