Limelight will no longer provide new license orders effective March 31st, 2015. Please download all existing licenses before June 30th, 2015 as site access will be unavailable after that date.

Mechanical license pricing

Limelight is a simple online clearance utility allowing artists and labels to clear cover songs and third-party compositions for Physical Product, Interactive Streaming, Digital Downloads, and Ringtones.

Service Fee Outline
Each license via Limelight carries a service fee, in addition to the royalties that are due to the publisher and songwriter.
Limelight Total = Publisher Royalties + Limelight Service Fees
Publisher Royalties = (# of Units x Royalty Rate)

Limelight Service Fees = $15 per license (maximum)

*For a detailed breakdown on the royalties, see below.

Royalty Rates
Royalty rates are calculated by format. Digital downloads and physical product share the same rates (which are calculated by song duration), while ringtones are applied at a flat rate irrespective of song length. These rates are set by the Copyright Royalty Board and RightsFlow does not take an additional fee based on the publishing paid out. Further details are available via the Library of Congress.

Physical Product (CDs, vinyl, tapes) and Digital Downloads (i.e. MP3s):
  • For recordings under 5 minutes in length:$0.091 per song
  • For recordings 5 minutes in length or longer:$0.0175 per minute, rounded up to the nearest minute per song

Ringtones: $0.24 per unit, regardless of song duration

Interactive Streaming: $0.01 per stream, regardless of song duration

Service Fee Discounts
The more you spend, the more you save with Limelight. Licenses start at $15. See the below table for a complete breakdown of bulk discounting.
music note icon License dollar sign icon Cost Per License discount icon Discount Per License
1-3 $15.00 $0.00
4-6 $14.00 $1.00
7-12 $13.00 $2.00
13-25 $12.00 $3.00
26-50 $11.00 $4.00
51-100 $10.00 $5.00
100+ Contact: support@songclearance.com

Contact Us: support@songclearance.com

Service Fee Discounts (Based on Volume, Configurations)
If you have sold the quantity of licenses you have initially purchased, you can rebuy configurations at a 50% discount. Under my account, click on "Reorder Paid Configurations." The songs will be automatically added to your cart and the pricing below will be applied.
music note icon License dollar sign icon Cost Per License discount icon Discount per License
1-3 $7.50 $7.50
4-6 $7.00 $8.00
7-12 $6.50 $8.50
13-25 $6.00 $9.00
26-50 $5.50 $9.50
51-100 $5.00 $10.00
100 + Contact: support@songclearance.com Contact: support@songclearance.com
Research
Research is built into your overall Limelight order. You do not need to provide songwriter/publisher information for us to process (we do require an "Original Artist / Prior Recording Artist").  If you need the songwriter/publisher information to set up your release (before Limelight processes it), the following websites can assist in determining information:
Additional Notes
The more you spend, the more you save with Limelight. Licenses start at $15.
  • Each song requires a separate license.
  • Each format / configuration (i.e. physical product, digital download, ringtone, interactive streaming) requires a separate license.
  • Two different recordings of the same song will require two separate licenses.
  • For information on our refund policy, click here.