What Is a Video Buyout?

Negotiating sync licenses

A video buyout is a negotiated right normally included in a synchronization license. It entitles the buyer (licensee) to pay the publisher (licensor) a flat fee for the use of a song rather than royalties per every unit sold (e.g. of a DVD or movie download).

Please note that a video buyout does not mean a complete buyout of the rights themselves. When it comes to licensing deals, the “buyout” is only for the rights specified, including its term and uses. It also refers to a one-time only payment.


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