Rights Clearance

What Does Rights Clearance Mean?

Rights clearance is a comprehensive and multilayered process of licensing intellectual property to facilitate the use of combined works for a production or event. Rights clearance is a key business process for authors, artists, musicians, Web content owners and film/TV producers.


Rights clearance is also known as licensing and “vetting the production.”

Techopedia Explains Rights Clearance

Rights clearance requires detailed attention to all protected work elements and involves laws related to patent, copyright, trademark, privacy, defamation and publicity. Copyright law protects intellectual property to varying degrees, depending on the type of work created and the author’s country of residence.

Rights clearance is administered when several works are used in tandem. For example, when a movie producer completes the rights clearance process, liability is reduced, and investors are more likely to invest in production.

Music rights clearance can be an arduous process because musical works include one or more protected element. In addition, authors of musical works vary from recording artists to CD insert photographers.

Rights clearance organizations include the Author’s Guild and Copyright Clearance Center (CCC).


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