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Magazine or newspaper covermounts 

Covermount licences – four options

Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society Our range of covermount licences allow you to manufacture and distribute products (CDs and DVDs) to the public with a magazine or a newspaper for sale in the UK.

The licence required depends on:

  • overall importance of music to the covermount (e.g. compilation album versus nature documentary)
  • format (magazine or newspaper)
Magazine Newspaper
AP7 G17 AP7N GI7N
Music is Primary content (e.g. music CDs) Not primary content (e.g. TV nature documentary) Primary content (e.g. music CDs)  Not primary content (e.g. TV nature documentary) 
Rate 6.5% x base price x quantity to be manufactured Depends on music used – learn more
6.5% x base price x quantity to be manufactured Depends on music used – learn more
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Base prices for AP7/AP7N

50% of magazine cover price (must be based on a minimum of £1.65 even if this sum is not equal to 50% of the cover price)

50% of newspaper cover price (must be based on a minimum of £1.10 even if this sum is not equal to 50% of the cover price)

Apply for an AP7 or AP7N licence

Customers need to apply and pay for an AP7/AP7N licence before manufacture of the product can begin. 

  1. Apply for an AP7 (magazine) licence or an AP7N (newspaper) licence at least 28 days before manufacture
  2. We send an invoice plus licence with full terms and conditions (within ten days of receiving the application)
  3. Customer pays invoice (within seven days of the issue date)
  4. Manufacture can begin

Costs for GI7/GI7N

Magazine GI7 cost breakdown

Covermounted disc Tokens collected for disc
Repertoire works* 0.375p per track x units 1.35p per track x units
Commissioned† less than 50% 0.75p 2.7p
Commissioned greater than 50% 1.5p 5.4p

Newspaper GI7N cost breakdown

Covermounted disc Tokens collected for disc
Repertoire works* 0.25p per track x units 0.90p per track x units
Commissioned† <50% 0.5p 1.8p
Commissioned >50%
1p 3.6p

* A musical work, the copyright in which is owned or controlled in the United Kingdom by MCPS (or an MCPS member or an affiliated society or an affiliated society member).

† A musical work, specially and expressly commissioned from composer/writer members of MCPS for inclusion in the specific audio-visual material contained on a particular product.

Apply for a GI7 or GI7N licence

Customers need to apply and pay for a GI7/GI7N licence before manufacture of the product can begin.

  1. Apply for a GI7 (magazine) licence or an GI7N (newspaper) licence at least 28 days before manufacture
  2. We send an invoice plus licence with full terms and conditions (within ten days of receiving the application)
  3. Customer pays invoice (within seven days of the issue date)
  4. Manufacture can begin

Minimum requirements for licences

AP7/AP7N GI7/GI7N
CD/DVD must be bagged/affixed to the publication
No third party association (parties other than copyright owners and publication)
Visuals to be artists/composer related
Music used must be referred/reviewed in the magazine
Copyright owner’s approval is required for CDs containing two or more tracks by the same recording artist/writer/song writing partnership (where recording’s first commercial release is within the 24 months preceding the intended distribution date of the cover mount)

Forms and terms and conditions

AP7/N G17/N
FAQs Read FAQs Read FAQs
Terms and conditions Read terms and conditions Read terms and conditions

Contact us: applications@mcps.co.uk

Other licences you may need

  • For music products given away with products or services other than newspapers and magazines, please refer to the Premiums licensing page.
  • For music products given away via free download, please refer to the Online Music Promotions page.
 
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