The Harry Fox Agency has launched a new version of HFA Songfile, its online song search
and mechanical licensing tool designed for those who plan to make 2500 copies or less of their recordings. Available through www.harryfox.com, licensees can now obtain licenses for permanent downloads (referred to in the U.S. Copyright Act as digital phonorecord deliveries, or DPDs),
in addition to licenses for CDs, cassettes and vinyl records. This enhanced version of HFA Songfile is also easier to navigate, has improved transaction processing and will retain a history of the licenses that a customer has purchased.
By using a credit card, customers can request their licenses through the
online application. Royalties are calculated at the statutory mechanical
rate (currently 8.5 cents per copy for songs five minutes or less in length, or
1.65 cents per minute [or fraction thereof] per copy for songs more than five
minutes). There is also a nominal processing fee on each song licensed.
If a user just wants to research, there is a separate HFA Songfile
Public Search tool available free of charge.
"With the explosion of digital delivery, it was critical to add full, permanent downloads as an option through HFA Songfile," says Maurice Russell, VP of licensing at HFA. "The other improvements will make it even easier for groups creating small quantities of recordings—such as independent bands, church choirs and community groups—to
obtain and track the HFA mechanical licenses for their recordings."