In a nutshell, The Licensing Plate urges filmmakers to behave like responsible adults rather than spoiled brats who whine about their "artistic vision" being crushed when they can't reach a deal with the owners of music copyrights. Among the tips: plan ahead, don't fall in love (with a particular piece of music), and ask questions. My personal favorite:
Licensing People Are People Too: And finally, the people who work in licensing departments at music publishers and record labels are not out to make your life miserable. I know a lot of them. They’re good people. But like the rest of us, they have jobs to do and bills to pay. And their job is to make money for their company and their artists. That’s what they get paid to do. It is how they earn a living. They realize that you are self financing your film and they will do their best to work with you. They would rather have your money than have nothing. Try not to yell.Read up, Nina.