Types of Beat Licenses
Guys, today I want to talk about beat licensing. I will talk about it in depth so you can understand it. Music artists are not lawyers but as an artist, you need to understand every nuance on how everything works and how to use it on practice.
Nowadays music producers are selling beats with different licenses, such as: mp3\wav\trackout\unlimited lease\exclusive rights. It is normal to understand how basic things work but when it comes to signing contracts music artists should know what rights they have and what not.
When an artist buys a lease license, he can only use it within the established limits, like sales and plays. How to track limits: that’s another question. After all, these figures are mostly tracked by music platforms. The copyright is always owned by the producer unless exclusive rights are sold.
With the advent of online distributors like: CDBaby\TuneCore\Distrokid, artists began to upload all type of tracks on the digital platforms, allegedly saying that they own the 100% of the beat (even if they own only standard lease license). In theory, when uploading an artist must indicate that his author’s share is 50%, since the author only owns the rights to lyrics and vocal and not to the instrumental. In practice, most artists don’t give a damn about it, but then they get surprised when their tracks are taken off from digital platforms and the monetization shuts down. Hence, if you want to have all the rights, please contact your music producer (me) and discuss the exclusive rights for the beat.