Audio-visual products

AVP and DVD1 licences

We offer two licences for companies that manufacture or distribute audio-visual products for retail sale – AVP for general interest DVDs, and DVD1 for music DVDs.

Mechanical (making copies of the music) and synchronisation (using music with visuals) rights are licensed.

Formats covered by AVP and DVD1

  • DVD
  • UMD
  • VHS
  • other formats agreed with MCPS

What's the difference?

AVP licence

DVD1 licence

Music is not primary content (e.g. TV nature documentary)

Music is primary content (e.g. live concert)

Licence scope

The AVP and DVD1 Licences cover the payment of mechanical and synchronisation rights only. Royalties are paid to music publishers for the use of musical works.  Sound recording rights must be licensed directly from record companies (where applicable).

If your product uses MCPS production music, you also have the option to license any MCPS production mused via the MCPS production music rate card.

AVP licences

Licence costs

8.5% of highest Published Dealer Price x MCPS claim* or, if unavailable, 6.5% of Retail Price x MCPS claim*

Minutes of music in product / Length of product = *MCPS claim

The following content can be licensed under the AVP Licence without the copyright holder approving the context in which their music is used:

  • artist related visuals
  • pre-cleared or licensed material (e.g. TV programmes that have already been broadcast)
  • sports footage
  • children's programming
  • fitness videos

N.B. Any other footage not previously broadcast would require prior approval before a licence can be granted.

Apply for an AVP licence

Potential customers must be approved, then when operating under the scheme,  take on additional administration to satisfy the requirements of the AVP Licence. Royalties are paid in arrears.

Please contact MCPS via applications@mcps.co.uk before submitting an application.

AVP reporting process

  1. Following product release: send 'Statement of shipments' (SoS) to MCPS quarterly (up to 21 days after each calendar quarter)
  2. We send an invoice (within 17 days of receipt)
  3. Customer pays invoices (within 7 days of issue date)

Please note that, in addition to the reporting process, you need to submit product details to MCPS at least 7 days before release.

DVD1 licences

Licence costs

DVD Singles 8.5% of Published Dealer Price, or if unavailable, 6.5% of Retail Price

Hybrid DVDs 7.25% of Published Dealer Price, or if unavailable, 5.54% of Retail Price

DVD Video albums 6.25% of Published Dealer Price, or if unavailable, 4.78% of Retail Price

Apply for a DVD1 licence

Potential customers must be approved, then when operating under the scheme,  take on additional administration to satisfy the requirements of DVD1 Licence. Royalties are paid in arrears.

Please contact MCPS via applications@mcps.co.uk before submitting an application.

DVD1 reporting process

  1. Following product release: send 'statement of shipments' (SoS) to MCPS quarterly (up to 21 days after each calendar quarter)
  2. We send an invoice (within 17 days of receipt)
  3. Customer pays invoices (within 7 days of issue date)

Please note that, in addition to the reporting process, you need to submit product details to MCPS at least 7 days before release.

More information

Here's a selection of other documents and links you may find useful.

Other licences you may need

DVD1 and AVP manufacture schemes are also available if you are only making a one off DVD product. Please email applications@mcps.co.uk to request further information.

Contact us

If you would like more information about this licence scheme, please contact us on +44 (0)20 3741 3888 or email us at applications@mcps.co.uk