Licensing Requests

Commercial Use Requests

Commercial terms and rates apply to any use that promotes a company, product, person or for-profit project or any production with brand associations, including social media posts. Due to the commercialization of online music platforms, musical sampling is considered to be commercial use.

Simple test: Does this production promote a company or product, or will it be used for a promotional or broadcast purpose? Does a social media post contain branded products? Will I be making any money through promotion or ad revenue from this? Am I publishing or sharing this music anywhere? If so, a commercial license is most likely required.

• Please let us know what you have in mind in as much detail as possible (including your purpose and length of the material)
• Please include your name or institution
• Please include the title of the talk you propose to use and for how long
• Please add your website URL and social media accounts and phone number if you would like a call back

Email us here for Commercial Licensing >>

For major productions or time sensitive projects, you may also email the director, Mark Watts, directly at: mark@alanwatts.org

Creative & Educational Use Requests

Creative and educational requests that don’t involve publishing or sharing music, any product or brand promotions, or social media posts should be considered “Creative Licensing”.

• Please let us know what you have in mind in as much detail as possible (including your purpose and length of the material)
• Please include your name or institution
• Please include the title of the talk you propose to use and for how long
• Please add your website URL and social media accounts and phone number if you would like a call back

Sampling for music that will be shared in any way? This is considered Commercial use.

Email us here with this information for Creative Licensing >>

A Message From the Director on Copyright and Creative Use

Recently we’ve received many questions regarding the repurposing or using of Alan Watts’ lectures and teachings. A pillar of our organization is rooted in supporting creative collaboration and the re-imagination of Alan’s works. It has always been this way, and it’s never our intention to stifle creativity or inhibit the work of others, but the recordings are copyright protected and not everyone has been thoughtful in their messaging or understood the intent of allowing creative use. We understand Alan’s incredible role in so many lives, and the heart of the Alan Watts Org is to preserve his works and their intentions for generations to come. We have an essential role as custodian of Alan’s material in making sure it continues to evolve in ways he would have wanted, as he was already curating creative uses when we founded the organization together back in the early seventies. At that time public radio was our primary means of outreach, and the kinds of inspirational filmmaking and experimental musical uses we see today were already emerging.

We are inspired by what these works become in the culture, and naturally there are respectful and legal limitations when using his work. Since the beginning under his guidance, all of Alan Watts’ speeches and videos have been covered by copyright, and permission from the Alan Watts Org is required for their use. We feel it’s important that this be a curated community effort, and protecting Alan’s material from over-use and monetization by profiteers also ensures that our organization can continue to do the important work of restoring and preserving the archives. Logistically this has become more complicated as artists’ and musicians’ work is monetized on digital platforms that track and limit users with content identification tools, and although these tools are intended to make copyright management easier, they also lead to false claims.

In response to these changing conditions, we have defined licensing categories, ranging from purely creative to musical to commercial for allowing the use of these talks, and each has different guidelines, seen below. At a minimum, we ask that when you use an extract even for personal use that you include the title of the original source talk since people are curious and want to where to hear more. If that information is not included, they will invariably contact us and ask for us to search for it, which takes a lot of time.

Now with social media we are seeing many new uses and a celebration of his works, and we welcome conversations with creators, and hope you’ll reach out to us with your beautiful ideas. We’ve put a lot of energy into creating collaborative programs that honor your efforts as a creative and as a digital professional. Each day I am reminded of the impact of my father’s lectures, and I look forward to helping the next generation of creators re-imagine his work.

-Mark Watts