What is compulsory license?
A compulsory license is a legally mandated licensing agreement that pays a license fee for the use of a copyrighted work and related laws in Title 17 of the US Code. Compulsory licenses are administered by the US Copyright Office's licensing division.
Governments around the world have introduced the use of compulsory licensing to give the public the benefit of having access to and making use of relevant records. Governments can also apply for compulsory licenses to prevent patent abuse, which can also serve as a mechanism to control market abuse.
This term is also known as a technical license, mechanical license, or statutory license.
Once a work is archived or a copy is made, the consumer can force a copyright agency to issue a mechanical license or a compulsory license. This allows the user to record some kind of audio, for example. This type of process and authorization is known as a compulsory license and requires a license fee. The copyright holder is usually granted a fee through this fee.
For example, if a person wanted to record a sound-like version of a sound recording, they would get a compulsory license through copyright negotiation. This can only be done in cooperation with the owner of the sound recording. This process, or the granting of licenses, is possible through a public policy claiming that everyone should have access to the sound recordings.
Canada is easily licensed to re-register copyrighted materials for educational purposes as set out in the Canadian Orphan Program.