Publishing Terms
Can I post lyrics and/or chord charts of your songs on my website?
Do I need permission to translate songs into other languages?
Can I use a copyright song in a medley arrangement?
Can I “borrow” portions of a copyright song for one of my original songs?
Can I add or change lyrics to a copyright song?
How can I get a print or photocopy license for a song you control?

Contact us on info@songsolutions.org at 14 Horsted Square, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1QG or telephone 01825 748893 with song details you wish you use and we will send an application for license to you along with our charges.

You can also apply for either a commercial or a non-commercial licence here.

What does Copyright mean?
Performing Rights Society (PRS)

The UK statuary body responsible for collecting performance royalties for publishers and songwriters.

Print license

The form of permission that authorises one to print the lyrics and/or music for a song.

Public domain

This term is used to describe songs whose copyright has expired. You don’t need to get permission from a publisher to use public domain songs.


The company or individual who administers or controls the copyright on a song.

Photocopy license

The form of permission that authorises one to make photocopies of printed music (ie photocopies of single sheet music, songbooks, etc).

Mechanical Copyright Protection Society

The UK statutory body that licenses all forms of mechanical reproductions of a musical composition. Examples of such mechanical reproductions are audio products, audio visual works, downloadable music and broadcast.


1. The right to copy.

2. A body of exclusive rights granted by statute to authors for protection of their writings. It includes the exclusive right to make and publish copies of the copyrighted work, to make other versions of the work, and, with certain limitations, to make recordings of the work and to perform the work in public.


1. The collection of songs that a publisher controls or administers.

2. A songwriter’s repertoire of songs.