Magazine and newspaper covermounts

Your four options

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. music CD/live concert DVD versus nature documentary/comedy DVD)
  • Format (magazine or newspaper)

Magazine covermounts

AP7

GI7

Music is primary content (e.g. music CDs)

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

Rate is 6.5% x base price x quantity to be manufactured

Depends on music used - see below

Newspaper covermounts

AP7N

GI7N

Music is primary content (e.g. music CDs)

Music is not primary content (e.g. TV nature documentary)
Rate is 6.5% x base price x quantity to be manufactured Depends on music used - see below

AP7 and AP7N

Base prices for AP7/AP7N

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

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

Track limit

The upper track limit is 15.  The Base Price is uplifted by the royalty rate (6.5%) for each track over the 15.

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 21 days before manufacture (unless the product requires the prior approval of the copyright holder (see below) in which case, applications should be submitted 28 days before manufacture).
  2. We send an invoice plus licence with full terms and conditions
  3. Customer pays invoice (within seven days of the issue date)
  4. Manufacture can begin 

Minimum requirements

  • 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

For products where a single member of MCPS controls the Musical Works contained therein (either in whole or in part) that in aggregate account for 50% or more of the works on the product, the copyright holder may have elected to license their Musical Works to you directly. All products containing two or more tracks by the same recording artist or writer/song writing partnership will be subject to the prior approval of the MCPS member copyright owners concerned

GI7 and 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% (or equal to)

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† less than 50%

0.5p

1.8p

Commissioned greater than 50% (or equal to)

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.

Opening and closing credits are counted as separate repertoire works.

Music only DVDs are licensed at AP7 rates.

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 a GI7N (newspaper) licence at least 21 days before manufacture (unless the product requires the prior approval of the copyright holder (see below) in which case, applications should be submitted 28 days before manufacture).
  2. We send an invoice plus licence with full terms and conditions.
  3. Customer pays invoice (within seven days of the issue date)
  4. We send the licence.
  5. Manufacture can begin.

Minimum requirements 

  • CD/DVD must be bagged/affixed to the publication (covermount only)
  • No third party association (parties other than copyright owners and publication)

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