APRA|AMCOS’ Audio Manufacture Licence allows the reproduction of musical works for the following purposes.
Reproductions for the following purposes are not allowed under this licence. For these cases, you will need to get permission directly from the copyright owner BEFORE reproducing the musical work(s).
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You may not use a sound recording as a sample either from another recording to use in your own recording or to provide to someone else to use as a sample. This requires permission directly from the copyright owner in the musical work and the record company that owns the copyright in the sound recording.
Lyric changes and parodies of works must have been cleared directly with the copyright owner. If you have obtained this permission, you can manufacture the recording under the AMLA, provided you provide us a copy of the written approval for the changes from the copyright owner when you submit your form to us.
By completing the Audio Manufacture Licence Application (AMLA), you provide us with details about the recording and the works you want to use. This information is used to determine the fees payable (a royalty and a separate processing fee) and research the works in order to verify copyright ownership.
Once we have completed processing your application - which usually takes between 3 to 6 weeks depending on the complexity of the research process - we will issue you with:
Once we have received payment of the tax invoice, you will be granted a licence to reproduce AMCOS controlled musical works in your sound recording.
The compulsory licence provisions of the Copyright Act, provide for a default rate of 6.25% (exclusive of GST) of the record's GST- exclusive retail selling price.
However the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) has negotiated a preferential rate of 6% (6.6% including GST) on behalf of its members. We have voluntarily extended this rate to all audio recordings made under the AMLA.
Mechanical Royalties are calculated on a pro rata basis according to the number of works* we control on your recording. For example, if your recording consisted of ten works with nine 100% controlled by AMCOS, and the remaining work was out of copyright, the royalty would be calculated as follows:
Selling Price ÷ 10 works (all works on the recording) x 6.6% (the royalty rate) x 9 (the AMCOS Works on the recording). x Quantity Manufactured
These royalty calculations are subject to a minimum fee per work per unit of 5.5 cents (inclusive of GST).
Please also note that a work may have several copyright owners (sharers) and the royalty for each work is calculated by reference to our representation in that work.
We also charge a processing fee to help offset the costs of researching copyright ownership and establishing the licence. Once researched, details of your recording will be submitted to our electronic clearance facility so that our members can confirm or update ownership details. The processing fee relates to the number of works on the recording that are works registered with APRA|AMCOS. So it excludes works that you may have written for the recording. The table of fees is:
If you wrote four of the twelve works on the recording (and these are not represented by AMCOS - see above), the processing fee would be assessed as follows:
No. of licensable works = 8, therefore fee = $44.
For futher information refer to:
For more information, contact Commercial Recordings on 1300 852 388 and follow the voice prompts to enquiries about the reproduction of music. Or, email .
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