Yes, the song or music that you use for your wedding montage or video sequence need to apply for proper permit inorder for it to be played during your wedding ceremony. The Recording Industry Performance Singapore (RIPS) and and Music Publishers (Singapore) (MPS) are the authority to enforce copyright infringement. RIPS with 14 records label under them represents about 90 per cent of record labels.
If you are engaging a videographer or a freelancer to do your wedding montage or a wedding video, please make sure he or she has the proper permit to do it else some hotels will not allow it to be played on your wedding banquet.
Previously some hotels allowed it be played background as long as you produce the original CD but these days hotels are getting more and more strict on this regulation
The Tariff for such licensing is as follow:
For RIPS, Wedding videographers and photographers have to pay $2,000 for the unlimited use of copyrighted work for a year.
For MPS, they have three categories where the rates vary:
- MPS Category – 1 – Reproduction of Lyrics and Musical Works into a videocassette tape or VCD or DVD as background music by wedding studios for wedding videography or photo montage. Rate per annum: S$1,500
- MPS Category – 2- Reproduction of Lyrics and Musical Works into a videocassette tape or VCD or DVD as background music by freelance wedding videographers for wedding videography or photo montage.Rate per annum: S$1,500
- MPS Category – 3 – Ad-hoc Licence for Reproduction of Lyrics and Musical Works into a videocassette tape or VCD or DVD as background music by wedding couples for their wedding videography or photo montage.Rate per Qualifying Wedding Videograph: S$100.00
Any songs that RIPS or MPS represents that are used in a wedding video/photo montage even when it is played on the background infringes copyright.