Faqs

How does it work?

Simple!
1. Browse the selection of beats we have
2. Select a beat
3. Click “Add’ on the right side of track
4. On the top left, you will see a cart, click on cart
5. Click on ‘proceed to checkout
6. Review & agree to the license selected for your project
7. Select a payment method
8. If ‘Paypal’ has been selected you may need to sign in. If ‘Stripe’ has been selected you may need to input details of the chosen card to pay with
9. You will then be directed to a downloads page and a copy of the beat(s) will be sent to the email provided

What is a exclusive and non exclusive License?

The ‘Non-Exclusive’ License

Non-exclusive licensing, also known as ‘leasing’, is the most common form of beat licensing. For anywhere between $20-300, you can buy a non-exclusive license agreement and release a song on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, create a music video for YouTube, and make money from it! 💰

These are also the types of licenses that are directly available from the producer’s beat store. In other words, you don’t have to inquire for them and you can instantly buy a license from the online store. 

In most cases, a license agreement is auto-generated, including the buyer’s name, address, a timestamp (Effective Date), the user-rights and the information of the producer. 

With a non-exclusive license, the producer grants the artist permission to use the beat to create a song of their own and distribute it online. The producer will still retain copyright ownership (more about this later) and the artist has to adhere to the rights granted in the agreement. 

The ‘Exclusive’ License

When you buy or own the Exclusive Rights to a beat, there are no limitations on user rights. Meaning that an artist can exploit the song to the fullest. 

There is no maximum number of streams, plays, sales or downloads nor is there an expiration date on the contract. 

The song may also be used in numerous different projects. Singles, albums, music videos etc. In comparison to non-exclusive licenses, which are usually limited for use in a single project only. 

In the case of buying the exclusive rights to a beat that was previously (non-exclusively) licensed to other artists, the artist that purchased the exclusive rights is typically the last person to purchase it. After a beat is sold exclusively, the producer is no longer allowed to sell or license the beat to others.  

That doesn’t mean the previous non-exclusive licensees will be affected by this. Every exclusive contract should have a section with a “notice of outstanding clients” included. 

This section protects these previous licensees from getting a strike by the exclusive buyer.

For many years, producers had different ways of selling exclusive rights. Luckily, in more recent years, contracts are becoming more streamlined and matching the industry standard. 

 

Still, I want to address two very different ways of selling exclusive rights. 

  1. Selling exclusive rights 
  2. Selling exclusive ownership  

By selling exclusive rights, the producer remains the original author of the music. And is still able to collect writers share and publishing rights. (again, more about this later) 

By selling exclusive ownership, the producer sells the beat including all interest, authorship, copyright, etc. These deals are also known as ‘work-for-hire’. Basically, the artist retains actual ownership over the beat and will–from that point on–be considered as the legal author of the beat. 

Within the beat licensing industry, selling exclusive ownership is wrong, unethical and–in most cases–not compliant with Copyright Law.   

It’s only right to come to an agreement where both the artist and producer are credited for their work; Legally, financially and commercially.

 

 

• Non-exclusive licenses are cheaper than exclusive licenses.

• Non-exclusive licenses allow you to sell a limited number of physical copies and streams, not exclusive ones.

• Non-exclusive licenses usually have a duration of 1 to 10 years, the exclusives never expire.

• In non-exclusive licenses you have 50% of the publishing rights, in the exclusive ones it is negotiable, in my case in the exclusive licenses I offer the artist 80% of the publishing rights.

• Non-exclusive licenses can be used by several artists, the exclusive ones as well but are removed from the sale when they are sold to an artist.

• Non-exclusive licenses are ideal for amateur artists or artists who have not signed for a label, exclusive for signed artists or with large numbers on social networks and platforms.

What is a license?

A music license provides legal permission to use a song/beat for your video, slideshow or within your business. Find out more FQ’s in our ‘Licenses’ Tab

What payment methods do we accept?

We accept credit/debit cards and Paypal

How does it work?

Simple!

1. Browse the selection of beats we have

2. Select a beat

3. Click on “Add’ on the right side of the track

4. On the top left you will see a cart, click on the cart

5. Click on ‘proceed to checkout’

6. Review & agree to the beat(s) and license selected

7. Select a payment method

8. If ‘Paypal’ has been selected you may need to sign in. If ‘Stripe’ has been selected you may need to input details of the chosen card to pay with

9. You will then be directed to a downloads page and a copy of the beat(s) will be sent to the email provided

Is this a exclusive license or non exclusive?

The Licensee (You) to shall make payment of the License Fee to Licensor (Us) on the date of this Agreement. All rights granted to Licensee by Producer in the Beat are conditional upon Licensee’s timely payment of the License Fee. The License Fee is a one-time payment for the rights granted to Licensee and this Agreement is not valid until the License Fee has been paid.

IS THERE A LICENSE FEE?

The Licensee (You) to shall make payment of the License Fee to Licensor (Us) on the date of this Agreement. All rights granted to Licensee by Producer in the Beat are conditional upon Licensee’s timely payment of the License Fee. The License Fee is a one-time payment for the rights granted to Licensee and this Agreement is not valid until the License Fee has been paid.

What is a license?

Short Answer: That license agreement is the legal proof that the producer has given permission to the artist to use the beat.

Full Answer:

A producer makes a beat and uploads it to his online store, any artist can buy that rhythm and download it directly. The producer (for the purchase) of the beat gives the artist or content creator a license to use which has a series of user rights to use the beat or distribute (distribution only applies to the artist after lyrics have been recorded to the beat purchased) the song. That license agreement is the legal proof that the producer has given permission to the artist to use the beat.

 

Is there a license fee?

Short answer: Yes…

The Licensee (You) shall make payment of the License Fee to Licensor (Halal Beats) on the date of this Agreement. All rights granted to Licensee by Producer in the Beat are conditional upon Licensee’s timely payment of the License Fee. The License Fee is a one-time payment for the rights granted to Licensee and this Agreement is not valid until the License Fee has been paid.

How many types of licenses do we offer?

We offer 3  types of licenses we offer 

  1. Standard
  2. Premium 
  3. Artist 
Where can I post my project which includes a beat/soundtrack from Halal Beats?

You may post on the platforms mentioned in each license agreement unless it contradicts the Allowed Usages stated in the agreements and terms and conditions.

How long does a license last for?

Content Creator License: Lifetime of the project 

Artist License: 10 years from purchase date (Renewals are available upon request near to expiration date)

What is sync and master rights?

Sync rights cover the right to use the composition in audio/visual projects,

Master Use rights cover the right to use the recording in such projects.

 Halal Beats own 100% sync and master rights, so you don’t have to worry about anything.

However, every Live Performance of the Project outside of a domestic environment is defined as a Public performance and will require an additional licence from PRS For Music.

Is there any additional cost for use in paid and/or branded advertising?

Online advertising is included in all our licenses.

Do halal beats licenses include audio broadcasts outside of video production?

No, our licences will not cover you if your film or advertisement will air on TV, Streaming radio, Netflix and other VOD platforms. The same if your film shows in theaters across the nation. For such usages, You should contact PRS For Music and PPL for requesting an additional licence.

What does a personal project mean?

We refer to single-individual use of the licence and not for client work.

With this licence, you can post videos using Halal Beats music across every platform.

How about commercial and client use?

You need to purchase the Business Licence If you create content for promotional use for client projects. It covers unlimited use on online platforms including use on YouTube, websites, online ads and unlimited boosts on social media posts.

I’ve been hired to create a video for a client, Do I need to buy the license to cover myself or the client?

If you are hired to produce or edit audiovisual projects for a client, your license covers them for their personal or commercial use of that specific project.

Do we monetise our beats?

Yes. This may mean we earn a small percentage of revenue from the production posted on YouTube. This is called content ID. Our beats will be detected by a copyright claims system by YouTube to inform us of the use of our beats being used. This allows us to review the production, check the correct license has been purchased/used and then will be whitelisted which means the video will be eligible for monetisation. If the production goes on air, then please see your license terms and conditions purchased for the beat where you will find more information.

Will using a beat(s) affect my revenue earnings on YouTube?

No, this will NOT affect your revenue earnings. 

 

We monetize and collect royalties from any use of our tracks on YouTube. The royalties generated for the use of your tracks on YouTube are essentially a portion of ad revenue. Ads are only served on videos by a copyright owner or publishing admin (a label, publisher, etc.) placing a claim on a video and telling YouTube to monetize that video.

 

Beats are tracked and we collect the publishing royalties generated by your music from YouTube.

What types of licenses are needed to use a beat/soundtrack in my videos or slideshows?
  1. “Master Use” license, granted by The owner of the audio recording
  2. Sync” license. granted by The copyright owner of the song and lyrics

Halal Beats is 100% owner of master rights and sync

Which licenses are available?

Our synchronisation and master use license does not cover use in public performances or live streaming.

We do not cover for example TV advertising, Broadcast TV, Cable or Satellite TV, Subscription or streaming internet TV, Radio, use of the music within any commercial film production or theatrical release.

For those types of usages, you need to contact PRS For Music to ask for the appropriate licence covering the public performance of the composition and PPL for the licence covering the public performance of the sound recording.

How many times can I use the beat once purchased?

One license cover usage of one beat for one project

What does my halal beats license include?

Our unlimited license allows you to use material from our sound library in any video production on any platform worldwide. Our licenses offer personal, commercial, artist and more project licenses for your project, pretty much everything a content creator needs.

Which license is available?
  1. “Master Use” license, granted by The owner of the audio recording
  2. Sync” license. granted by The copyright owner of the song and lyrics

Halal Beats is 100% owner of master rights and sync

What types of licenses are needed to use a beat/soundtrack in my videos or slideshows?
  1. “Master Use” license, granted by The owner of the audio recording
  2. Sync” license. granted by The copyright owner of the song and lyrics

Halal Beats is 100% owner of master rights and sync

Do halal beats licenses include audio broadcasts outside of video production?

For artists and content creators that have used a beat/soundtrack without a license are not covered and can be prosecuted for all the companies loss of earnings and more. For example if a beat has been taken through YouTube converter or any system audio recording software a device, that beat cannot be used anywhere, since there is no legal permission from use. All our beats/soundtracks and products are protected with various programs such as content id…etc and without legal agreement, that beat is useless.

Unfortunately, this happens a lot if you’re a producer promoting beats online. Luckily, there are different ways to go about this. The first step is to reach out to the artist(s) and notify them about the unauthorized use of the beat. 

Then, offer them 2 options. 

  1. Either buy a license so they can keep the song online 
  2. Or remove the song entirely from all platforms it’s published on 

The best-case scenario, they adhere to your request. But what if they don’t? 

In that case, you have two options. 

  1. Leave it be 
  2. File for a DMCA takedown (click the link for more info) 

If the song isn’t really gaining numbers and is of very poor quality (which is usually the case when beats are used unauthorized), it might be best to leave it be. It’s not worth your time and money. 

The alternative, filing for a DMCA takedown will cost you some money. I would only consider this if the song is gaining serious numbers (1000s of views or stream on any platform). 

 

What happens if i use beats/soundtracks without a license?

For artists and content creators that have used a beat/soundtrack without a license are not covered and can be prosecuted for all the companies loss of earnings and more. For example if a beat has been taken through YouTube converter or any system audio recording software a device, that beat cannot be used anywhere, since there is no legal permission from use. All our beats/soundtracks and products are protected with various programs such as content id…etc and without legal agreement, that beat is useless.

Unfortunately, this happens a lot if you’re a producer promoting beats online. Luckily, there are different ways to go about this. The first step is to reach out to the artist(s) and notify them about the unauthorized use of the beat. 

Then, offer them 2 options. 

  1. Either buy a license so they can keep the song online 
  2. Or remove the song entirely from all platforms it’s published on 

The best-case scenario, they adhere to your request. But what if they don’t? 

In that case, you have two options. 

  1. Leave it be 
  2. File for a DMCA takedown (click the link for more info) 

If the song isn’t really gaining numbers and is of very poor quality (which is usually the case when beats are used unauthorized), it might be best to leave it be. It’s not worth your time and money. 

The alternative, filing for a DMCA takedown will cost you some money. I would only consider this if the song is gaining serious numbers (1000s of views or stream on any platform). 

 

Why do I need a license?

To keep your project covered and protected

How does it protect me?

The license you purchase allows you to use the beat or soundtrack safely.

I've received a letter or email telling me I've breached my license agreement, now what?

Contact us AS SOON AS POSSIBLE before the project gets filed for to be taken down so we can work out a solution.

Can I cancel a license?

Unfortunately not, however, you can take down the project off the internet using our beat.

Can I alter my license to fit my needs?

Contact us and let us know what it is you need.

Can I exchange a license after purchase?

Unfortunately, this option isn’t available and if you have purchased the wrong license let us know and we can see what we can do for you, however, in most cases customers will have to buy the license again.

How does it work?

Simple!

1. Browse the selection of beats we have

2. Select a beat

3. Click on “Add’ on the right side of the track

4. On the top left you will see a cart, click on the cart

5. Click on ‘proceed to checkout’

6. Review & agree to the beat(s) and license selected

7. Select a payment method

8. If ‘Paypal’ has been selected you may need to sign in. If ‘Stripe’ has been selected you may need to input details of the chosen card to pay with

9. You will then be directed to a downloads page and a copy of the beat(s) will be sent to the email provided

Do I have to pay for a license?

The Licensee (You) to shall make payment of the License Fee to Licensor (Us) on the date of this Agreement. All rights granted to Licensee by Producer in the Beat are conditional upon Licensee’s timely payment of the License Fee. The License Fee is a one-time payment for the rights granted to Licensee and this Agreement is not valid until the License Fee has been paid.

Is this a exclusive license or non exclusive?

Artist licenses are NON-EXCLUSIVE.

 

DO I NEED A Exclusive and non exclusive License?

By now, we’ve covered all the differences between non-exclusive and exclusive licenses. But, if you’re an artist, you might still wonder which option is the best for you. 

Besides the difference in price–in every way–an exclusive license is the better option. No doubt! 💯 

However, this is not a necessity for everyone. In fact, most artists are better off with a non-exclusive license.

Let’s have an honest view of your current situation… 

  • How many followers and fans do you have? 
  • How many songs have you released to date? 
  • What is the number of plays/stream you get on average? (all platforms combined) 
  • How big is your marketing budget? 
  • Are you getting financial support from a label or publisher? 

Ask yourself; What would be the best option for the artist you are TODAY? 

You see, most artists are simply not ready to buy exclusive rights yet. And there’s no shame in that at all. 

if you’re a young artist working on a mixtape or first album to get your name out there. Why would you spend that much money on exclusive rights if you’re not even sure if the record is going to get big?

The wise(r) investment would be to get one of the higher tier non-exclusive licenses. Preferably, the Unlimited Licenses. 

This allows you to spend less, buy more licenses, release more music and gradually build your fanbase until you’re ready to take that next step. 

A summary of the differences between Exclusive and Non-Exclusive Licenses 

In the image below you’ll find a summary and comparison between Non-Exclusive and Exclusive Beat Licensing. Please note that the Non-Exclusive ‘Sales’ and ‘Streams’ limit does not apply to the “Unlimited” licenses. 

Before we go into Part 4…. 

I know the world of buying and selling beats online can be confusing at times as I’ve noticed this firsthand from working with artists and producers daily. 

Heck, I’ve read dozens of books myself to understand things fully! 😅 

Still, I appreciate you for making it this far in the guide and I sincerely hope you’ve learned a thing or two… Feel free to refer back to this whenever you find yourself struggling with anything related to the topic. 

I want to give a special thanks to the producers in our Facebook Group “The Art of Selling Beats” as well as the students of our Constant Conversion Strategy Masterclass.

They’ve helped shape this guide to what it is now by providing feedback and letting us know where they’re struggling with the most. 

If you have a second, drop a comment below and share your thoughts. Good or bad, it’s all appreciated! 🙏🏽

Everything you need to know about Royalties, Writers Share and Publishing Rights

Let’s break things down step-by-step and solely in regards to online beat licensing. 

Before we jump into this next section, we need to get a better understanding of two types of royalties first. 

  1. Mechanical Royalties 
  2. Performance Royalties 

Mechanical Royalties

Mechanical royalties are generated when music is physically or digitally reproduced or distributed. This applies to hard copy sales, digital sales (e.g. iTunes) and streams (e.g. Spotify). 

Performance Royalties

Performance royalties are generated when a song is performed publicly. This applies to when music is played on the radio, performed live or streamed for example. 

 

Who gets the Mechanical Royalties? 

In most cases, the artist is allowed to keep 100% of the mechanical royalties in exchange for the price they pay for the license. Regardless of whether the license is non-exclusive or exclusive. 

These days, distribution services like TuneCoreCDBaby or DistroKid pay these mechanical royalties directly to the artist. That is if the artist works independently.

When an artist is signed to a label, the label usually collects the mechanical royalties and might choose to pay (a percentage of) it to the artist. 

 

Advances against Mechanical Royalties in Exclusive Agreements 

I intentionally said that “in most cases” the artist gets to collect 100% of the mechanical rights because this does not always apply. There’s an exception to this, which only applies to exclusive rights. 

Some producers (including myself) ask for a tiny percentage of the Mechanical Royalties in their exclusive agreements. This could be anywhere between 1-10%. 

This is also known as ‘points’ or ‘producer royalties’. 

In this scenario, the price an artist pays for the exclusive rights is considered an “advance against mechanical royalties” that might become due in the future. It will be calculated over the Net Profit of a song. Meaning that all costs to create the song, including the exclusive price may be deducted first before the producer gets his cut. 

Here’s an example to show you how this could potentially play out in a real-life situation.  

Let’s say a producer sells the exclusive rights to a beat for $1,000 USD as an advance against royalties. His mechanical royalty rate is set to 3%.  

The artist paid: 
$1,000 for exclusive rights 
$500 for studio time
$500 for getting the song mixed and mastered 
Total expenses = $2,000 

After 1 year, the song generated $10,000 in Mechanical Royalties!

The Net Profit: $10,000 – $2,000 expenses = $8,000 💰

The Producer’s Cut: 3% of $8,000 = $240 

As an independent artist, $8,000 is a lot of money to generate on Mechanical Royalties. Still, only $240 has to be paid to the producer. 

 

Why an Advance against Royalties?

It seems pointless, however, there’s a reason why some producers (including me) prefer selling exclusive rights with an advance against royalties.

A few years back, I could easily sell exclusive rights for anywhere between $2,000 – $10,000. (The Good Ol’ Days! 🤠) 

These days, it’s considered ‘normal’ to sell exclusive rights for less than $1,000. With all the competition and the beat market becoming more saturated, the prices have dropped and it has become harder to close 4 or 5-figure exclusive deals. 

But what if the song blows up!? 

What if a song starts generating millions of dollars and you sold the exclusive rights to that beat for less than $1,000? 

That doesn’t really sound like a fair deal, does it? 

An advance against royalties can offer the solution. It’s an insurance for the producer just in case the song blows up. It’s also something the artist only has to worry about as soon as the song starts generating serious revenue. And even still, it’s only 3%. 🤷🏻‍♂️

 

Who collects the Performance Royalties? 

Performance royalties are collected and paid out by Performing Rights Organisations (PRO’s), such as ASCAP or BMI in the US or PRS in the UK. 

(Every country has its own organisation, check which one is yours

These royalties are divided into two parts: 

  1. Songwriter Royalties (A.k.a. Writer’s Share)
  2. Publishing Royalties 

The PRO’s collect both of these royalties and divide them into two groups. 

For every $1 earned on Performance Royalties:

  • $0.50 goes to Songwriter Royalties 
  • $0.50 goes to Publishing Royalties. 

The $0.50 Songwriter Royalties will be paid out to the songwriters directly by the PRO. 

The other $0.50 publishing royalties will be paid out to a publishing company or publishing administrator. (more about this later). 

 

What are songwriter royalties? 

First, let’s break down the Songwriter Royalties. 

The songwriter royalties, also known as the ‘Writer’s share’ will always be paid out to the credited songwriters. This is the part that can not be sold through an exclusive license, other than a work-for-hire agreement. 

As I said before, this is wrong in the industry of licensing beats online. 

In case you’re getting confused; In copyright law, a producer is considered a ‘songwriter’ too. 🤓

Songwriter royalties apply to anyone that had creative input in a song. Producers, songwriters (lyricists) and sometimes even engineers. 

Generally, non-exclusive beat licenses are sold with 50% publishing and writers share. This is usually not negotiable since the music part is the producers’ contribution to your song and is considered half of the song. The lyrics are considered the other half. 

It doesn’t matter if there happen to be multiple songwriters that contributed to the lyrics. In that case, this 50% should be divided between them. 

Example Non-Exclusive beat licenses: 
50% Producer
25% Writer 1 
25% Writer 2

As part of an exclusive rights deal, a different split between all creators could be negotiated. It all depends on the price and flexibility of the producer. 

While I generally stick to my 50%, some producers sometimes agree to the following example split. 

Example Exclusive Licenses:  
30% Producer 
35% Writer 1
35% Writer 2 

What are Publishing Royalties? 

Unlike Songwriter royalties, Publishing can be assigned to outside entities called publishing companies. Most independent artist and producers will most likely not have a publishing deal, which means they’ll have to collect the publishing royalties themselves. 

Surprisingly, a lot of money is left on the table here. If you’re an independent artist or producer that is only signed up with a PRO and not with a Publishing Administrator, half of what you’ve earned is still waiting for you to collect. 

I’m personally using SongTrust services, which I’d recommend to any independent creator.  

– SONGTRUST

In terms of licensing beats online–regardless of an exclusive or non-exclusive license–the percentage of publishing rights is generally the equivalent of the writers share. 

50% of writers share equals 50% publishing share. 

Use of the Beat:
  1. In consideration for Licensee’s payment of the License Fee, the Producer hereby grants Licensee a limited non-exclusive, nontransferable license and the right to incorporate, include and/or use the Beat in the preparation of one (1) new song or to incorporate the Beat into a new piece of instrumental music created by the Licensee. Licensee may create the new song or new instrumental music by recording his/her written lyrics over the Beat and/or by incorporating portions/samples of the Beat into pre-existing instrumental music written, produced and/or owned by Licensee. The new song or piece of instrumental music created by the Licensee which incorporates some or all of the Beat shall be referred to as the “New Song”. Permission is granted to Licensee to modify the arrangement, length, tempo, or pitch of the Beat in preparation of the New Song for public release.
  2. This License grants Licensee a worldwide, non-exclusive license to use the Beat as incorporated in the New Song in the manners and for the purposes expressly provided for herein, subject to the sale restrictions, limitations and prohibited uses stated in this Agreement. Licensee acknowledges and agrees that any and all rights granted to Licensee in the Beat pursuant to this Agreement are on a NON-EXCLUSIVE basis and Producer shall continue to license the Beat upon the same or similar terms and conditions as this Agreement to other potential third-party licensees.
    • The New Song may be used for any promotional purposes, including but not limited to, a release in a single format, for inclusion in a mixtape or free compilation of music bundled together (EP or album), and/or promotional, non-monetized digital streaming;
    • Licensee {PERFORMANCES_FOR_PROFIT} perform the song publicly for-profit performances and for an {PERFORMANCES_NOT_FOR_PROFIT} non-profit performances, including but not limited to, at a live performance (i.e. concert, festival, nightclub etc.), on terrestrial or satellite radio, and/or on the internet via third-party streaming services (Spotify, YouTube, iTunes Radio etc.). The New Song may be played on {NUMBER_OF_RADIO_STATIONS} terrestrial or satellite radio stations;
    • The Licensee may use the New Song in synchronization with {MONETIZED_MUSIC_VIDEOS_WORD} ({MONETIZED_MUSIC_VIDEOS}) audiovisual work no longer than five (5) minutes in length (a “Video”). In the event that the New Song itself is longer than five (5) minutes in length, the Video may not play for longer than the length of the New Song. The Video may be broadcast on any television network and/or uploaded to the internet for digital streaming and/or free download by the public including but not limited to on YouTube and/or Vevo. Producer grants no other synchronization rights to Licensee;
    • The Licensee may make the New Song available for sale in physical and/or digital form and sell {DISTRIBUTE_COPIES} downloads/physical music products and are allowed {AUDIO_STREAMS} monetized audio streams, {MONETIZED_VIDEO_STREAMS_ALLOWED} monetized video streams, {NONMONETIZED_VIDEO_STREAMS_ALLOWED} non-monetized video streams and are allowed {FREE_DOWNLOADS} free downloads. The New Song may be available for sale as a single and/or included in a compilation of other songs bundled together by Licensee as an EP or a full-length Album. The New Song may be sold via digital retailers for permanent digital download in mp3 format and/or physical format, including compact disc and vinyl records. For clarity and avoidance of doubt, the Licensee does NOT have the right to sell the Beat in the form that it was delivered to Licensee. The Licensee must create a New Song (or instrumental as detailed above) for its rights under this provision to a vest. Any sale of the Beat in its original form by Licensee shall be a material breach of this Agreement and the Licensee shall be liable to the Licensor for damages as provided hereunder.
  1. Subject to the Licensee’s compliance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Licensee shall not be required to account or pay to Producer any royalties, fees, or monies paid to or collected by the Licensee (expressly excluding mechanical royalties), or which would otherwise be payable to Producer in connection with the use/exploitation of the New Song as set forth in this Agreement.
HOW LONG DOES THIS LICENSE LAST?

The Term of this Agreement shall be ten (10) years and this license shall expire on the ten (10) year anniversary of the Effective Date.

ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS?
  1.  Licensee hereby agrees and acknowledges that it is expressly prohibited from taking any action(s) and from engaging in any use of the Beat or New Song in the manners, or for the purposes, set forth below:
    1. The rights granted to Licensee are NON-TRANSFERABLE and that Licensee may not transfer or assign any of its rights hereunder to any third-party;
    2. The Licensee shall not synchronize, or permit third parties to synchronize, the Beat or New Song with any audiovisual works EXCEPT as expressly provided for and pursuant to Paragraph 4(b)(iii) of this Agreement for use in one (1) Video. This restriction includes, but is not limited to, use of the Beat and/or New Song in television, commercials, film/movies, theatrical works, video games, and in any other form on the Internet which is not expressly permitted herein.
    3. The Licensee shall not have the right to license or sublicense any use of the Beat or of the New Song, in whole or in part, for any so-called “samples”.
    4. Licensee shall not engage in any unlawful copying, streaming, duplicating, selling, lending, renting, hiring, broadcasting, uploading, or downloading to any database, servers, computers, peer to peer sharing, or other file-sharing services, posting on websites, or distribution of the Beat in the form, or a substantially similar form, as delivered to Licensee. Licensee may send the Beat file to any individual musician, engineer, studio manager or other people who are working on the New Song.
    5. THE LICENSEE IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED FROM REGISTERING THE BEAT AND/OR NEW SONG WITH ANY CONTENT IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM, SERVICE PROVIDER, MUSIC DISTRIBUTOR, RECORD LABEL OR DIGITAL AGGREGATOR (for example TuneCore or CDBaby, and any other provider of user-generated content identification services). The purpose of this restriction is to prevent you from receiving a copyright infringement takedown notice from a third party who also received a non-exclusive license to use the Beat in a New Song. The Beat has already been tagged for Content Identification (as that term is used in the music industry) by Producer as a pre-emptive measure to protect all interested parties in the New Song. If you do not adhere to this policy, you are in violation of the terms of this License and your license to use the Beat and/or New Song may be revoked without notice or compensation to you.
    6. As applicable to both the underlying composition in the Beat and to the master recording of the Beat: (i) The parties acknowledge and agree that the New Song is a “derivative work”, as that term is used in the United States Copyright Act; (ii) As applicable to the Beat and/or the New Song, there is no intention by the parties to create a joint work; and (iii) There is no intention by the Licensor to grant any rights in and/or to any other derivative works that may have been created by other third-party licensees.
HOW WILL I RECEIVE MY BEAT?

Licensor agrees to deliver the Beat as a high-quality, as such terms are understood in the music industry.

Licensor shall use commercially reasonable efforts to deliver the Beat to Licensee immediately after payment of the License Fee is made. Licensee will receive the Beat via email, to the email address Licensee provided to Licensor.

MECHANICAL LICENSE
    1. If any selection or musical composition, or any portion thereof, recorded in the New Song hereunder is written or composed by Producer, in whole or in part, alone or in collaboration with others, or is owned or controlled, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by Producer or any person, firm, or corporation in which Producer has a direct or indirect interest, then such selection and/or musical composition shall be hereinafter referred to as a “Controlled Composition”. Producer hereby agrees to issue or cause to be issued, as applicable, to Licensee, mechanical licenses in respect of each Controlled Composition, which are embodied on the New Song. For that license, on the United States and Canada sales, Licensee will pay mechanical royalties at one hundred percent (100%) of the minimum statutory rate, subject to no cap of that rate for albums and/or EPs. For license outside the United States and Canada, the mechanical royalty rate will be the rate prevailing on an industry-wide basis in the country concerned on the date that this agreement has been entered into.
Ownership
    1. The Producer is and shall remain the sole owner and holder of all rights, title, and interest in the Beat, including all copyrights to and in the sound recording and the underlying musical compositions written and composed by Producer. Nothing contained herein shall constitute an assignment by Producer to Licensee of any of the foregoing rights. Licensee may not, under any circumstances, register or attempt to register the New Song and/or the Beat with the U.S. Copyright Office. The aforementioned right to register the New Song and/or the Beat shall be strictly limited to Producer. Licensee will, upon request, execute, acknowledge and deliver to Producer such additional documents as Producer may deem necessary to evidence and effectuate Producer’s rights hereunder, and Licensee hereby grants to Producer the right as attorney-in-fact to execute, acknowledge, deliver and record in the U.S. Copyright Office or elsewhere any and all such documents if Licensee shall fail to execute same within five (5) days after so requested by Producer.
    2. For the avoidance of doubt, you do not own the master or the sound recording rights in the New Song. You have been licensed the right to use the Beat in the New Song and to commercially exploit the New Song based on the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
      • Notwithstanding the above, you do own the lyrics or other original musical components of the New Song that were written or composed solely by you.
    1. With respect to the publishing rights and ownership of the underlying composition embodied in the New Song, the Licensee, and the Producer hereby acknowledge and agree that the underlying composition shall be owned/split between them as follows:
      {PUBLISHING_RIGHTS}
      • Producer shall own, control, and administer Fifty Percent (50%) of the so-called “Publisher’s Share” of the underlying composition.
        • In the event that Licensee wishes to register his/her interests and rights to the underlying composition of the New Song with their Performing Rights Organization (“PRO”), Licensee must simultaneously identify and register the Producer’s share and ownership interest in the composition to indicate that Producer wrote and owns 50% of the composition in the New Song and as the owner of 50% of the Publisher’s share of the New Song.
    1. The licensee shall be deemed to have signed, affirmed and ratified its acceptance of the terms of this Agreement by virtue of its payment of the License Fee to Licensor and its electronic acceptance of its terms and conditions at the time Licensee made payment of the License Fee.
DO I HAVE TO GIVE CREDIT?
    1. Licensee shall have the right to use and permit others to use Producer’s approved name, approved likeness, and other approved identification and approved biographical material concerning the Producer solely for purposes of trade and otherwise without restriction solely in connection with the New Song recorded hereunder. Licensee shall use best efforts to have Producer credited as a “producer” and shall give Producer appropriate production and songwriting credit on all compact discs, record, music video, and digital labels or any other record configuration manufactured which is now known or created in the future that embodies the New Song created hereunder and on all cover liner notes, any records containing the New Song and on the front and/or back cover of any album listing the New Song and other musician credits. The licensee shall use its best efforts to ensure that Producer is properly credited and Licensee shall check all proofs for the accuracy of credits, and shall use its best efforts to cure any mistakes regarding Producer’s credit. In the event of any failure by Licensee to issue the credit to Producer, Licensee must use reasonable efforts to correct any such failure immediately and on a prospective basis. Such credit shall be in the substantial form: “Produced by {PRODUCER_ALIAS}”.
Licensor options
    1. Licensor shall have the option, at Licensor’s sole discretion, to terminate this License at any time within three (3) years of the date of this Agreement upon written notice to Licensee. In the event that Licensor exercises this option, Licensor shall pay to Licensee a sum equal to Two Hundred Percent (200%) of the License Fee paid by Licensee. Upon Licensor’s exercise of the option, Licensee must immediately remove the New Song from any and all digital and physical distribution channels and must immediately cease access to any streams and/or downloads of the New Song by the general public.
Miscellaneous
    1. This Agreement constitutes the entire understanding of the parties and is intended as a final expression of their agreement and cannot be altered, modified, amended or waived, in whole or in part, except by written instrument (email being sufficient) signed by both parties hereto. This agreement supersedes all prior agreements between the parties, whether oral or written. Should any provision of this agreement be held to be void, invalid or inoperative, such decision shall not affect any other provision hereof, and the remainder of this agreement shall be effective as though such void, invalid or inoperative provision had not been contained herein. No failure by Licensor hereto to perform any of its obligations hereunder shall be deemed a material breach of this agreement until the Licensee gives Licensor written notice of its failure to perform, and such failure has not been corrected within thirty (30) days from and after the service of such notice, or, if such breach is not reasonably capable of being cured within such thirty (30) day period, Licensor does not commence to cure such breach within said time period, and proceed with reasonable diligence to complete the curing of such breach thereafter. This agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the {STATE_PROVINCE_COUNTRY} applicable to agreements entered into and wholly performed in said State, without regard to any conflict of laws principles. You hereby agree that the exclusive jurisdiction and venue for any action, suit or proceeding based upon any matter, claim or controversy arising hereunder or relating hereto shall be in the state or federal courts located in the {STATE_PROVINCE_COUNTRY}. You shall not be entitled to any monies in connection with the Master(s) other than as specifically set forth herein. All notices pursuant to this agreement shall be in writing and shall be given by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested (prepaid) at the respective addresses hereinabove set forth or such other address or addresses as may be designated by either party. Such notices shall be deemed given when received. Any notice mailed will be deemed to have been received five (5) business days after it is mailed; any notice dispatched by expedited delivery service will be deemed to be received two (2) business days after it is dispatched. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT AND HAVE BEEN ADVISED BY US OF THE SIGNIFICANT IMPORTANCE OF RETAINING AN INDEPENDENT ATTORNEY OF YOUR CHOICE TO REVIEW THIS AGREEMENT ON YOUR BEHALF. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU HAVE HAD THE UNRESTRICTED OPPORTUNITY TO BE REPRESENTED BY AN INDEPENDENT ATTORNEY. IN THE EVENT OF YOUR FAILURE TO OBTAIN AN INDEPENDENT ATTORNEY OR WAIVER THEREOF, YOU HEREBY WARRANT AND REPRESENT THAT YOU WILL NOT ATTEMPT TO USE SUCH FAILURE AND/OR WAIVER as a basis to avoid any obligations under this agreement, or to invalidate this agreement or To render this agreement or any part thereof unenforceable. This agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, and said counterparts shall constitute one and the same instrument. In addition, a signed copy of this agreement transmitted by facsimile or scanned into an image file and transmitted via email shall, for all purposes, be treated as if it was delivered containing an original manual signature of the party whose signature appears thereon and shall be binding upon such party as though an originally signed document had been delivered. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that you do not sign this Agreement, your acknowledgment that you have reviewed the terms and conditions of this Agreement and your payment of the License Fee shall serve as your signature and acceptance of the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
Warranties, Representations, and Indemnification:
    1. Licensee hereby agrees that Licensor has not made any guarantees or promises that the Beat fits the particular creative use or musical purpose intended or desired by the Licensee. The Beat, its sound recording, and the underlying musical composition embodied therein are licensed to the Licensee “as is” without warranties of any kind or fitness for a particular purpose.
    2. {SAMPLES_DEFINITION}
    3. Parties hereto shall indemnify and hold each other harmless from any and all third party claims, liabilities, costs, losses, damages or expenses as are actually incurred by the non-defaulting party and shall hold the non-defaulting party, free, safe, and harmless against and from any and all claims, suits, demands, costs, liabilities, loss, damages, judgments, recoveries, costs, and expenses; (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees), which may be made or brought, paid, or incurred by reason of any breach or claim of breach of the warranties and representations hereunder by the defaulting party, their agents, heirs, successors, assigns and employees, which have been reduced to final judgment; provided that prior to final judgment, arising out of any breach of any representations or warranties of the defaulting party contained in this agreement or any failure by defaulting party to perform any obligations on its part to be performed hereunder the non-defaulting party has given the defaulting party prompt written notice of all claims and the right to participate in the defense with counsel of its choice at its sole expense. In no event shall Artist be entitled to seek injunctive or any other equitable relief for any breach or non-compliance with any provision of this agreement.
    4.  
COPYRIGHT

This is a tricky topic and it goes way further than I can explain here. If you really want to know the ins and outs concerning copyright, I suggest you dive deeper into Copyright Law using our good friend Google or consulting an actual attorney.  

Again, going forward, I’ll explain about copyright solely in regards to licensing beats online. We’re going to dismantle a song to its creators and copyright holders, hopefully making it clear to you who owns what. 

Let’s say you’re an artist and you went to search for beats on YouTube. You found one that you like and you head over to the producer’s website. You buy a license for that beat, write lyrics, create a song and distribute it through CDBabyTuneCore or DistroKid.

That song contains two copyrighted elements: 

  1. The Music
  2. The Lyrics 

The producer owns the copyright to the music and you own the copyright to the lyrics. 

Regardless of whether you’ve bought an Exclusive License or Non-Exclusive license. The producer will always own the copyright to the music and the artist will always own the copyright to the lyrics (unless it’s written by someone else other than the artist). 

This is what we call Performing Arts Copyright (PA-Copyright).  

On a side note: Many believe that you have to register the music or the lyrics with the U.S. Copyright office yet, in fact, the instant you write something on paper, make a beat in your DAW or save a demo song to your hard drive, it’s copyrighted! 

Sure, there are benefits to properly registering with the U.S. Copyright office but, failure to do so doesn’t mean you will lose ownership over your creation. 

Back to that song you made. Together with the producer, you’ve created a new song. In legal terms, this is often referred to as the “Master” or “Sound Recording”. 

Now, this is where things can cause confusion because the difference between an Exclusive or Non-Exclusive license plays a huge role here. 

As an artist, buying beats from a producer: 

  • If you have exclusively licensed a beat, you do own the master and sound recording rights. 
  • If you have non-exclusively licensed a beat, you do not own the master and sound recording rights. 

In an exclusive license, the Master rights will be transferred to the client (artist) and it will become their sole property, free from any claims from the Producer. 

The only exception here is the producer’s right to jointly claim the copyright of the so-called ‘underlying musical composition’. This is what we referred to earlier as the PA-Copyright. The producer is and always will be the original creator of the music. 

With a non-exclusive license, the client does not own the master or sound recording rights in the song. They’ve been licensed the right to use the beat and to commercially exploit the song based on the terms and conditions of the non-exclusive agreement. Yet again, they do own the PA Copyright of the lyrics. 

Instead, what they’ve created is called a Derivative Work.   

What’s a Derivative Work?  

In regards to beat licensing, a derivative work is a combination of an original copyrighted work (the beat) in combination with someone else’s original work (the lyrics). 

Derivative works are very common in the music industry and you probably come across them on a daily basis. 

Examples are: 

  • Remixes
  • Translations (A Spanish version of an English song) 
  • Parodies 
  • Movies based on books (Harry Potter)  

Basically, these are all so-called ‘new versions’, created using preexisting copyrighted material. 

In terms of beat licensing, a non-exclusive agreement authorises an artist to create such a ‘new version’, using the producers copyrighted material.

The only person that is able to authorize a derivative work is the owner of the underlying composition itself. In this case, the producer. 

When someone licenses a beat on a non-exclusive basis, they’re specifically given the right to create a Derivative Work. 

Beats that contain third party samples

 
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Pretty straight forward up till now, right? Well, I need you to pay close attention now because this is where things often go wrong… 

A common misconception when producers are selling beats with samples is thinking they can turn the responsibility of ‘clearing the sample’ over to the artists that license the beat. 

I guess somewhere, sometime, someone made a statement about this which is… Entirely FALSE! 

This is make-believe and it couldn’t be more wrong! 🤦🏻‍♂️

Please view the image below for context…

In the image above, there are two different versions that derived from the original sample. (Version AB and Version ABC) 

Since both these versions are considered a New Work and both contain that original sample–Clearance for Version AB does not account for Version ABC. 

Both the Producer and the Artist are required to clear the first sample! Because in this scenario, there are 3 different copyright owners to a song.

Obviously, everything falls and stands with clearing the original sample. 

This is going to get hard as soon as multiple artists license the same beat and create their songs with it. After a while, there could be a whole lot of Versions ABC deriving from it.  

Exactly why I personally stay away from using samples… 😊

I think I breached my license...
    1. The licensee shall have five (5) business days from its receipt of written notice by Producer and/or Producer’s authorized representative to cure any alleged breach of this Agreement by Licensee. Licensee’s failure to cure the alleged breach within five (5) business days shall result in Licensee’s default of its obligations, its breach of this Agreement, and at Producer’s sole discretion, the termination of Licensee’s rights hereunder.
    2. If Licensee engages in the commercial exploitation and/or sale of the Beat or New Song outside of the manner and amount expressly provided for in this Agreement, Licensee shall be liable to Producer for monetary damages in an amount equal to any and all monies paid, collected by, or received by Licensee, or any third party on its behalf, in connection with such unauthorized commercial exploitation of the Beat and/or New Song.
    3. Licensee recognizes and agrees that a breach or threatened breach of this Agreement by Licensee give rise to irreparable injury to Producer, which may not be adequately compensated by damages. Accordingly, in the event of a breach or threatened breach by the Licensee of the provisions of this Agreement, Producer may seek and shall be entitled to a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction restraining the Licensee from violating the provisions of this Agreement. Nothing herein shall prohibit Producer from pursuing any other available legal or equitable remedy from such breach or threatened breach, including but not limited to the recovery of damages from the Licensee. The Licensee shall be responsible for all costs, expenses or damages that Producer incurs as a result of any violation by the Licensee of any provision of this Agreement. Licensee’ obligation shall include court costs, litigation expenses, and reasonable attorneys’ fees.
    4.  
My non-exclusive license is reaching its streaming limit but I can’t buy a new license because the beat is already sold exclusively. Do I have to take the song down now?

If your non-exclusive license is reaching its streaming limits and extending the license is not an option, then yes––legally, you will have to take the song down. How unfortunate that might be. 

This is the exact reason why the Unlimited Licenses are such a great option, considering they have no streaming cap. All though it’s more expensive, it does avoid (awkward) situations like these. 

What is a exclusive and non exclusive License?

The ‘Non-Exclusive’ License

Non-exclusive licensing, also known as ‘leasing’, is the most common form of beat licensing. For anywhere between $20-300, you can buy a non-exclusive license agreement and release a song on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, create a music video for YouTube, and make money from it! 💰

These are also the types of licenses that are directly available from the producer’s beat store. In other words, you don’t have to inquire for them and you can instantly buy a license from the online store. 

In most cases, a license agreement is auto-generated, including the buyer’s name, address, a timestamp (Effective Date), the user-rights and the information of the producer. 

With a non-exclusive license, the producer grants the artist permission to use the beat to create a song of their own and distribute it online. The producer will still retain copyright ownership (more about this later) and the artist has to adhere to the rights granted in the agreement. 

The ‘Exclusive’ License

When you buy or own the Exclusive Rights to a beat, there are no limitations on user rights. Meaning that an artist can exploit the song to the fullest. 

There is no maximum number of streams, plays, sales or downloads nor is there an expiration date on the contract. 

The song may also be used in numerous different projects. Singles, albums, music videos etc. In comparison to non-exclusive licenses, which are usually limited for use in a single project only. 

In the case of buying the exclusive rights to a beat that was previously (non-exclusively) licensed to other artists, the artist that purchased the exclusive rights is typically the last person to purchase it. After a beat is sold exclusively, the producer is no longer allowed to sell or license the beat to others.  

That doesn’t mean the previous non-exclusive licensees will be affected by this. Every exclusive contract should have a section with a “notice of outstanding clients” included. 

This section protects these previous licensees from getting a strike by the exclusive buyer.

For many years, producers had different ways of selling exclusive rights. Luckily, in more recent years, contracts are becoming more streamlined and matching the industry standard. 

 

Still, I want to address two very different ways of selling exclusive rights. 

  1. Selling exclusive rights 
  2. Selling exclusive ownership  

By selling exclusive rights, the producer remains the original author of the music. And is still able to collect writers share and publishing rights. (again, more about this later) 

By selling exclusive ownership, the producer sells the beat including all interest, authorship, copyright, etc. These deals are also known as ‘work-for-hire’. Basically, the artist retains actual ownership over the beat and will–from that point on–be considered as the legal author of the beat. 

Within the beat licensing industry, selling exclusive ownership is wrong, unethical and–in most cases–not compliant with Copyright Law.   

It’s only right to come to an agreement where both the artist and producer are credited for their work; Legally, financially and commercially.

 

 

• Non-exclusive licenses are cheaper than exclusive licenses.

• Non-exclusive licenses allow you to sell a limited number of physical copies and streams, not exclusive ones.

• Non-exclusive licenses usually have a duration of 1 to 10 years, the exclusives never expire.

• In non-exclusive licenses you have 50% of the publishing rights, in the exclusive ones it is negotiable, in my case in the exclusive licenses I offer the artist 80% of the publishing rights.

• Non-exclusive licenses can be used by several artists, the exclusive ones as well but are removed from the sale when they are sold to an artist.

• Non-exclusive licenses are ideal for amateur artists or artists who have not signed for a label, exclusive for signed artists or with large numbers on social networks and platforms.

What is a license?

A producer makes a beat and uploads it to his online store, any artist can buy that rhythm and download it directly. The producer (for the purchase) of the beat gives the artist or content creator a license to use which has a series of user rights to use the beat or distribute (distribution only applies to artist after lyrics have been recorded to the beat purchased) the song. That license agreement is the legal proof that the producer has given a permission to the artist to use the beat.

 

How many types of licenses do we offer?

We offer 3 types of licenses

 

  1. Standard
  2. Premium
  3. Artist

 

What happens if i use beats/soundtracks without a license?

For artists and content creators that have used a beat/soundtrack without a license are not covered and can be prosecuted for all the companies loss of earnings and more. For example if a beat has been taken through YouTube converter or any system audio recording software a device, that beat cannot be used anywhere, since there is no legal permission from use. All our beats/soundtracks and products are protected with various programs such as content id…etc and without legal agreement, that beat is useless.

Unfortunately, this happens a lot if you’re a producer promoting beats online. Luckily, there are different ways to go about this. The first step is to reach out to the artist(s) and notify them about the unauthorized use of the beat. 

Then, offer them 2 options. 

  1. Either buy a license so they can keep the song online 
  2. Or remove the song entirely from all platforms it’s published on 

The best-case scenario, they adhere to your request. But what if they don’t? 

In that case, you have two options. 

  1. Leave it be 
  2. File for a DMCA takedown (click the link for more info) 

If the song isn’t really gaining numbers and is of very poor quality (which is usually the case when beats are used unauthorized), it might be best to leave it be. It’s not worth your time and money. 

The alternative, filing for a DMCA takedown will cost you some money. I would only consider this if the song is gaining serious numbers (1000s of views or stream on any platform). 

 

Are the beats halal ?

We ensure all soundtracks are planned, designed and created with all types of vocals. We also offer variations of each soundtrack with the Daf (drum) and the human beatbox recorded in-house. As Halal Beats is a brand, we take no responsibility of any religious views or decisions as choosing to use our products comes down to the individual and beliefs of what they follow and believe. So it’s entirely your choice. What we can guarantee is our beats are made of vocals (For more information on what types of vocals we use please visit our FAQ’s page). Any interpretation of any instruments you may hear in our beat is also created by vocals, Daf (Drum) and human beatbox.

Are our beats Royalty-free?

Royalty meaning: “Royalty-free” refers to the fact that the person who licenses the song is not required to pay a royalty and the copyright to the work is not yours. The person who composed the music owns the copyright and that owner of the copyright can decide whether or not you can use their music.

 

Shot answer: Yes 

Can I add, modify and edit a beat I’ve purchased?

Unfortunately, we do not allow modifications to any of our beats except for rearranging the structure of the beat (For example: Rearranging the verse and chorus parts of the beat to where you like and extending or shortening the beat is fine).

When an artist purchases an artist license the artist as expected is to use their own speaking voice to vocal the beat with the intention of creating a song or nasheed. 

Modifying our beats or adding other sounds to it will breach the agreement which may lead to serious consequences.

If you have any queries or questions on any of our products then feel free to contact us.  

Are our beats copyright free?

Copyright meaning: Music copyright designates legal ownership of a musical composition or sound recording. This ownership includes exclusive rights to redistribute and reproduce the work, as well as licensing rights that enable the copyright holder to earn royalties.

All content & beats are protected and copyrighted by Halal Beats.

You can not register our Beats or any edited version in any music recognition system, such as Youtube Content ID – The copyright and ownership still remain 100% to Halal Beats.

Do we offer custom beat solutions

Short answer: Not yet…

Unfortunately, we do not currently offer this service. However, we do welcome any suggestions or recommendations of tracks emailed to us (Hello@HalalBeats.io) that could be used as inspiration to create something like it. However, this should not be treated as a custom request and that we are not responsible for updating or sharing any information in regards to the process of it being produced or declined.

Can I change the beat in any way?

This Agreement constitutes the entire understanding of the parties and is intended as a final expression of their agreement and cannot be altered, modified, amended or waived, in whole or in part, except by written instrument (email being sufficient) signed by both parties hereto. This agreement supersedes all prior agreements between the parties, whether oral or written. Should any provision of this agreement be held to be void, invalid or inoperative, such decision shall not affect any other provision hereof, and the remainder of this agreement shall be effective as though such void, invalid or inoperative provision had not been contained herein. No failure by Licensor hereto to perform any of its obligations hereunder shall be deemed a material breach of this agreement until the Licensee gives Licensor written notice of its failure to perform, and such failure has not been corrected within thirty (30) days from and after the service of such notice, or, if such breach is not reasonably capable of being cured within such thirty (30) day period, Licensor does not commence to cure such breach within said time period, and proceed with reasonable diligence to complete the curing of such breach thereafter. This agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the {STATE_PROVINCE_COUNTRY} applicable to agreements entered into and wholly performed in said State, without regard to any conflict of laws principles. You hereby agree that the exclusive jurisdiction and venue for any action, suit or proceeding based upon any matter, claim or controversy arising hereunder or relating hereto shall be in the state or federal courts located in the {STATE_PROVINCE_COUNTRY}. You shall not be entitled to any monies in connection with the Master(s) other than as specifically set forth herein. All notices pursuant to this agreement shall be in writing and shall be given by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested (prepaid) at the respective addresses hereinabove set forth or such other address or addresses as may be designated by either party. Such notices shall be deemed given when received. Any notice mailed will be deemed to have been received five (5) business days after it is mailed; any notice dispatched by expedited delivery service will be deemed to be received two (2) business days after it is dispatched. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT AND HAVE BEEN ADVISED BY US OF THE SIGNIFICANT IMPORTANCE OF RETAINING AN INDEPENDENT ATTORNEY OF YOUR CHOICE TO REVIEW THIS AGREEMENT ON YOUR BEHALF. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU HAVE HAD THE UNRESTRICTED OPPORTUNITY TO BE REPRESENTED BY AN INDEPENDENT ATTORNEY. IN THE EVENT OF YOUR FAILURE TO OBTAIN AN INDEPENDENT ATTORNEY OR WAIVER THEREOF, YOU HEREBY WARRANT AND REPRESENT THAT YOU WILL NOT ATTEMPT TO USE SUCH FAILURE AND/OR WAIVER as a basis to avoid any obligations under this agreement, or to invalidate this agreement or To render this agreement or any part thereof unenforceable. This agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, and said counterparts shall constitute one and the same instrument. In addition, a signed copy of this agreement transmitted by facsimile or scanned into an image file and transmitted via email shall, for all purposes, be treated as if it was delivered containing an original manual signature of the party whose signature appears thereon and shall be binding upon such party as though an originally signed document had been delivered. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that you do not sign this Agreement, your acknowledgment that you have reviewed the terms and conditions of this Agreement and your payment of the License Fee shall serve as your signature and acceptance of the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

How will I receive the beat I’ve purchased?

Once payment is received you will receive the license and beat via email.

What are the beats made with?

Vocals

We use a range of different pitch variable vocals from all around the world. Such as vocals recorded in-house, vocal samples, vocal synths and vocal pads.

Drums

The only drum we use in our products is the Daf or Duf, which has been specially made for us in Egypt. All sounds created by this drum is recorded in-house. 

BeatBoxing

All beatboxing samples are recorded in-house by our producers.

Who owns the beats provided by Halal Beats?

Halal Beats produce and own all productions and copyrights to each beat.

Can I distribute covers or remixes of our beats?

No, You can not make edited or remixed versions of our Beats available via any platform. You are allowed to cut and/or loop our Beats to adapt to your audiovisual project. To see any other usage allowed look at the licence terms and conditions.

What is a license?

A producer makes a beat and uploads it to his online store, any artist can buy that rhythm and download it directly. The producer (for the purchase) of the beat gives the artist or content creator a license to use which has a series of user rights to use the beat or distribute (distribution only applies to artist after lyrics have been recorded to the beat purchased) the song. That license agreement is the legal proof that the producer has given a permission to the artist to use the beat.

 

How many types of licenses do we offer?

We offer 3 types of licenses

 

  1. Standard
  2. Premium
  3. Artist

 

What happens if i use beats/soundtracks without a license?

For artists and content creators that have used a beat/soundtrack without a license are not covered and can be prosecuted for all the companies loss of earnings and more. For example if a beat has been taken through YouTube converter or any system audio recording software a device, that beat cannot be used anywhere, since there is no legal permission from use. All our beats/soundtracks and products are protected with various programs such as content id…etc and without legal agreement, that beat is useless.

Unfortunately, this happens a lot if you’re a producer promoting beats online. Luckily, there are different ways to go about this. The first step is to reach out to the artist(s) and notify them about the unauthorized use of the beat. 

Then, offer them 2 options. 

  1. Either buy a license so they can keep the song online 
  2. Or remove the song entirely from all platforms it’s published on 

The best-case scenario, they adhere to your request. But what if they don’t? 

In that case, you have two options. 

  1. Leave it be 
  2. File for a DMCA takedown (click the link for more info) 

If the song isn’t really gaining numbers and is of very poor quality (which is usually the case when beats are used unauthorized), it might be best to leave it be. It’s not worth your time and money. 

The alternative, filing for a DMCA takedown will cost you some money. I would only consider this if the song is gaining serious numbers (1000s of views or stream on any platform). 

 

Is this an exclusive license or non-exclusive?

All our licenses are non-exclusive.

This means that Halal Beats has the right to license the same beat to any other party.

Do we provide Stems?

Short answer: Nope

Long Answer: We protect all elements of our productions and are mixed already by members of our team.

Oops...I think I breached my license....?

Don’t panic! Just contact us as soon as.

How long does this license last?

The Term of this Agreement shall be ten (10) years and this license shall expire on the ten (10) year anniversary of the Effective Date.

Can I transfer my license?

All licenses are non transferable 

 

My license is reaching its streaming limit

There no streaming caps on the Artist license 

Everything you need to know about Royalties, Writers Share and Publishing Rights

Let’s break things down step-by-step and solely in regards to online beat licensing. 

Before we jump into this next section, we need to get a better understanding of two types of royalties first. 

  1. Mechanical Royalties 
  2. Performance Royalties 

Mechanical Royalties

Mechanical royalties are generated when music is physically or digitally reproduced or distributed. This applies to hard copy sales, digital sales (e.g. iTunes) and streams (e.g. Spotify). 

Performance Royalties

Performance royalties are generated when a song is performed publicly. This applies to when music is played on the radio, performed live or streamed for example. 

 

Who gets the Mechanical Royalties? 

In most cases, the artist is allowed to keep 100% of the mechanical royalties in exchange for the price they pay for the license. Regardless of whether the license is non-exclusive or exclusive. 

These days, distribution services like TuneCoreCDBaby or DistroKid pay these mechanical royalties directly to the artist. That is if the artist works independently.

When an artist is signed to a label, the label usually collects the mechanical royalties and might choose to pay (a percentage of) it to the artist. 

 

Advances against Mechanical Royalties in Exclusive Agreements 

I intentionally said that “in most cases” the artist gets to collect 100% of the mechanical rights because this does not always apply. There’s an exception to this, which only applies to exclusive rights. 

Some producers (including myself) ask for a tiny percentage of the Mechanical Royalties in their exclusive agreements. This could be anywhere between 1-10%. 

This is also known as ‘points’ or ‘producer royalties’. 

In this scenario, the price an artist pays for the exclusive rights is considered an “advance against mechanical royalties” that might become due in the future. It will be calculated over the Net Profit of a song. Meaning that all costs to create the song, including the exclusive price may be deducted first before the producer gets his cut. 

Here’s an example to show you how this could potentially play out in a real-life situation.  

Let’s say a producer sells the exclusive rights to a beat for $1,000 USD as an advance against royalties. His mechanical royalty rate is set to 3%.  

The artist paid: 
$1,000 for exclusive rights 
$500 for studio time
$500 for getting the song mixed and mastered 
Total expenses = $2,000 

After 1 year, the song generated $10,000 in Mechanical Royalties!

The Net Profit: $10,000 – $2,000 expenses = $8,000 💰

The Producer’s Cut: 3% of $8,000 = $240 

As an independent artist, $8,000 is a lot of money to generate on Mechanical Royalties. Still, only $240 has to be paid to the producer. 

 

Why an Advance against Royalties?

It seems pointless, however, there’s a reason why some producers (including me) prefer selling exclusive rights with an advance against royalties.

A few years back, I could easily sell exclusive rights for anywhere between $2,000 – $10,000. (The Good Ol’ Days! 🤠) 

These days, it’s considered ‘normal’ to sell exclusive rights for less than $1,000. With all the competition and the beat market becoming more saturated, the prices have dropped and it has become harder to close 4 or 5-figure exclusive deals. 

But what if the song blows up!? 

What if a song starts generating millions of dollars and you sold the exclusive rights to that beat for less than $1,000? 

That doesn’t really sound like a fair deal, does it? 

An advance against royalties can offer the solution. It’s an insurance for the producer just in case the song blows up. It’s also something the artist only has to worry about as soon as the song starts generating serious revenue. And even still, it’s only 3%. 🤷🏻‍♂️

 

Who collects the Performance Royalties? 

Performance royalties are collected and paid out by Performing Rights Organisations (PRO’s), such as ASCAP or BMI in the US or PRS in the UK. 

(Every country has its own organisation, check which one is yours

These royalties are divided into two parts: 

  1. Songwriter Royalties (A.k.a. Writer’s Share)
  2. Publishing Royalties 

The PRO’s collect both of these royalties and divide them into two groups. 

For every $1 earned on Performance Royalties:

  • $0.50 goes to Songwriter Royalties 
  • $0.50 goes to Publishing Royalties. 

The $0.50 Songwriter Royalties will be paid out to the songwriters directly by the PRO. 

The other $0.50 publishing royalties will be paid out to a publishing company or publishing administrator. (more about this later). 

 

What are songwriter royalties? 

First, let’s break down the Songwriter Royalties. 

The songwriter royalties, also known as the ‘Writer’s share’ will always be paid out to the credited songwriters. This is the part that can not be sold through an exclusive license, other than a work-for-hire agreement. 

As I said before, this is wrong in the industry of licensing beats online. 

In case you’re getting confused; In copyright law, a producer is considered a ‘songwriter’ too. 🤓

Songwriter royalties apply to anyone that had creative input in a song. Producers, songwriters (lyricists) and sometimes even engineers. 

Generally, non-exclusive beat licenses are sold with 50% publishing and writers share. This is usually not negotiable since the music part is the producers’ contribution to your song and is considered half of the song. The lyrics are considered the other half. 

It doesn’t matter if there happen to be multiple songwriters that contributed to the lyrics. In that case, this 50% should be divided between them. 

Example Non-Exclusive beat licenses: 
50% Producer
25% Writer 1 
25% Writer 2

As part of an exclusive rights deal, a different split between all creators could be negotiated. It all depends on the price and flexibility of the producer. 

While I generally stick to my 50%, some producers sometimes agree to the following example split. 

Example Exclusive Licenses:  
30% Producer 
35% Writer 1
35% Writer 2 

What are Publishing Royalties? 

Unlike Songwriter royalties, Publishing can be assigned to outside entities called publishing companies. Most independent artist and producers will most likely not have a publishing deal, which means they’ll have to collect the publishing royalties themselves. 

Surprisingly, a lot of money is left on the table here. If you’re an independent artist or producer that is only signed up with a PRO and not with a Publishing Administrator, half of what you’ve earned is still waiting for you to collect. 

I’m personally using SongTrust services, which I’d recommend to any independent creator.  

– SONGTRUST

In terms of licensing beats online–regardless of an exclusive or non-exclusive license–the percentage of publishing rights is generally the equivalent of the writers share. 

50% of writers share equals 50% publishing share. 

Copyright

This is a tricky topic and it goes way further than I can explain here. If you really want to know the ins and outs concerning copyright, I suggest you dive deeper into Copyright Law using our good friend Google or consulting an actual attorney.  

Again, going forward, I’ll explain about copyright solely in regards to licensing beats online. We’re going to dismantle a song to its creators and copyright holders, hopefully making it clear to you who owns what. 

Let’s say you’re an artist and you went to search for beats on YouTube. You found one that you like and you head over to the producer’s website. You buy a license for that beat, write lyrics, create a song and distribute it through CDBabyTuneCore or DistroKid.

That song contains two copyrighted elements: 

  1. The Music
  2. The Lyrics 

The producer owns the copyright to the music and you own the copyright to the lyrics. 

Regardless of whether you’ve bought an Exclusive License or Non-Exclusive license. The producer will always own the copyright to the music and the artist will always own the copyright to the lyrics (unless it’s written by someone else other than the artist). 

This is what we call Performing Arts Copyright (PA-Copyright).  

On a side note: Many believe that you have to register the music or the lyrics with the U.S. Copyright office yet, in fact, the instant you write something on paper, make a beat in your DAW or save a demo song to your hard drive, it’s copyrighted! 

Sure, there are benefits to properly registering with the U.S. Copyright office but, failure to do so doesn’t mean you will lose ownership over your creation. 

Back to that song you made. Together with the producer, you’ve created a new song. In legal terms, this is often referred to as the “Master” or “Sound Recording”. 

Now, this is where things can cause confusion because the difference between an Exclusive or Non-Exclusive license plays a huge role here. 

As an artist, buying beats from a producer: 

  • If you have exclusively licensed a beat, you do own the master and sound recording rights. 
  • If you have non-exclusively licensed a beat, you do not own the master and sound recording rights. 

In an exclusive license, the Master rights will be transferred to the client (artist) and it will become their sole property, free from any claims from the Producer. 

The only exception here is the producer’s right to jointly claim the copyright of the so-called ‘underlying musical composition’. This is what we referred to earlier as the PA-Copyright. The producer is and always will be the original creator of the music. 

With a non-exclusive license, the client does not own the master or sound recording rights in the song. They’ve been licensed the right to use the beat and to commercially exploit the song based on the terms and conditions of the non-exclusive agreement. Yet again, they do own the PA Copyright of the lyrics. 

Instead, what they’ve created is called a Derivative Work.   

What’s a Derivative Work?  

In regards to beat licensing, a derivative work is a combination of an original copyrighted work (the beat) in combination with someone else’s original work (the lyrics). 

Derivative works are very common in the music industry and you probably come across them on a daily basis. 

Examples are: 

  • Remixes
  • Translations (A Spanish version of an English song) 
  • Parodies 
  • Movies based on books (Harry Potter)  

Basically, these are all so-called ‘new versions’, created using preexisting copyrighted material. 

In terms of beat licensing, a non-exclusive agreement authorises an artist to create such a ‘new version’, using the producers copyrighted material.

The only person that is able to authorize a derivative work is the owner of the underlying composition itself. In this case, the producer. 

When someone licenses a beat on a non-exclusive basis, they’re specifically given the right to create a Derivative Work. 

Beats that contain third party samples

 
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Pretty straight forward up till now, right? Well, I need you to pay close attention now because this is where things often go wrong… 

A common misconception when producers are selling beats with samples is thinking they can turn the responsibility of ‘clearing the sample’ over to the artists that license the beat. 

I guess somewhere, sometime, someone made a statement about this which is… Entirely FALSE! 

This is make-believe and it couldn’t be more wrong! 🤦🏻‍♂️

Please view the image below for context…

In the image above, there are two different versions that derived from the original sample. (Version AB and Version ABC) 

Since both these versions are considered a New Work and both contain that original sample–Clearance for Version AB does not account for Version ABC. 

Both the Producer and the Artist are required to clear the first sample! Because in this scenario, there are 3 different copyright owners to a song.

Obviously, everything falls and stands with clearing the original sample. 

This is going to get hard as soon as multiple artists license the same beat and create their songs with it. After a while, there could be a whole lot of Versions ABC deriving from it.  

Exactly why I personally stay away from using samples… 😊

How long does this license last?

The Term of this Agreement shall be ten (10) years and this license shall expire on the ten (10) year anniversary of the Effective Date. Contact us if your license will need renewing or if you’d like to discuss other plans

Are there any restrictions ?

Licensee hereby agrees and acknowledges that it is expressly prohibited from taking any action(s) and from engaging in any use of the Beat or New Song in the manners, or for the purposes, set forth below:

The rights granted to Licensee are NON-TRANSFERABLE and that Licensee may not transfer or assign any of its rights hereunder to any third-party;

The Licensee shall not synchronize, or permit third parties to synchronize, the Beat or New Song with any audiovisual works EXCEPT as expressly provided for and pursuant to Paragraph 4(b)(iii) of this Agreement for use in one (1) Video. This restriction includes, but is not limited to, use of the Beat and/or New Song in television, commercials, film/movies, theatrical works, video games, and in any other form on the Internet which is not expressly permitted herein.

The Licensee shall not have the right to license or sublicense any use of the Beat or of the New Song, in whole or in part, for any so-called “samples”.

Licensee shall not engage in any unlawful copying, streaming, duplicating, selling, lending, renting, hiring, broadcasting, uploading, or downloading to any database, servers, computers, peer to peer sharing, or other file-sharing services, posting on websites, or distribution of the Beat in the form, or a substantially similar form, as delivered to Licensee. Licensee may send the Beat file to any individual musician, engineer, studio manager or other people who are working on the New Song.

THE LICENSEE IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED FROM REGISTERING THE BEAT AND/OR NEW SONG WITH ANY CONTENT IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM, SERVICE PROVIDER, MUSIC DISTRIBUTOR, RECORD LABEL OR DIGITAL AGGREGATOR (for example TuneCore or CDBaby, and any other provider of user-generated content identification services). The purpose of this restriction is to prevent you from receiving a copyright infringement takedown notice from a third party who also received a non-exclusive license to use the Beat in a New Song. The Beat has already been tagged for Content Identification (as that term is used in the music industry) by Producer as a pre-emptive measure to protect all interested parties in the New Song. If you do not adhere to this policy, you are in violation of the terms of this License and your license to use the Beat and/or New Song may be revoked without notice or compensation to you.

As applicable to both the underlying composition in the Beat and to the master recording of the Beat: (i) The parties acknowledge and agree that the New Song is a “derivative work”, as that term is used in the United States Copyright Act; (ii) As applicable to the Beat and/or the New Song, there is no intention by the parties to create a joint work; and (iii) There is no intention by the Licensor to grant any rights in and/or to any other derivative works that may have been created by other third-party licensees.

Ownership

The Producer is and shall remain the sole owner and holder of all rights, title, and interest in the Beat, including all copyrights to and in the sound recording and the underlying musical compositions written and composed by Producer. Nothing contained herein shall constitute an assignment by Producer to Licensee of any of the foregoing rights. Licensee may not, under any circumstances, register or attempt to register the New Song and/or the Beat with the U.S. Copyright Office. The aforementioned right to register the New Song and/or the Beat shall be strictly limited to Producer. Licensee will, upon request, execute, acknowledge and deliver to Producer such additional documents as Producer may deem necessary to evidence and effectuate Producer’s rights hereunder, and Licensee hereby grants to Producer the right as attorney-in-fact to execute, acknowledge, deliver and record in the U.S. Copyright Office or elsewhere any and all such documents if Licensee shall fail to execute same within five (5) days after so requested by Producer.

For the avoidance of doubt, you do not own the master or the sound recording rights in the New Song. You have been licensed the right to use the Beat in the New Song and to commercially exploit the New Song based on the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

      • Notwithstanding the above, you do own the lyrics or other original musical components of the New Song that were written or composed solely by you.
Mechanical License

If any selection or musical composition, or any portion thereof, recorded in the New Song hereunder is written or composed by Producer, in whole or in part, alone or in collaboration with others, or is owned or controlled, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by Producer or any person, firm, or corporation in which Producer has a direct or indirect interest, then such selection and/or musical composition shall be hereinafter referred to as a “Controlled Composition”. Producer hereby agrees to issue or cause to be issued, as applicable, to Licensee, mechanical licenses in respect of each Controlled Composition, which are embodied on the New Song. For that license, on the United States and Canada sales, Licensee will pay mechanical royalties at one hundred percent (100%) of the minimum statutory rate, subject to no cap of that rate for albums and/or EPs. For license outside the United States and Canada, the mechanical royalty rate will be the rate prevailing on an industry-wide basis in the country concerned on the date that this agreement has been entered into.

Do I have to give credit?

Licensee shall have the right to use and permit others to use Producer’s approved name, approved likeness, and other approved identification and approved biographical material concerning the Producer solely for purposes of trade and otherwise without restriction solely in connection with the New Song recorded hereunder. Licensee shall use best efforts to have Producer credited as a “producer” and shall give Producer appropriate production and songwriting credit on all compact discs, record, music video, and digital labels or any other record configuration manufactured which is now known or created in the future that embodies the New Song created hereunder and on all cover liner notes, any records containing the New Song and on the front and/or back cover of any album listing the New Song and other musician credits. The licensee shall use its best efforts to ensure that Producer is properly credited and Licensee shall check all proofs for the accuracy of credits, and shall use its best efforts to cure any mistakes regarding Producer’s credit. In the event of any failure by Licensee to issue the credit to Producer, Licensee must use reasonable efforts to correct any such failure immediately and on a prospective basis. Such credit shall be in the substantial form: “Produced by HALAL BEATS”.

Licensor options

Licensor shall have the option, at Licensor’s sole discretion, to terminate this License at any time within three (3) years of the date of this Agreement upon written notice to Licensee. In the event that Licensor exercises this option, Licensor shall pay to Licensee a sum equal to Two Hundred Percent (200%) of the License Fee paid by Licensee. Upon Licensor’s exercise of the option, Licensee must immediately remove the New Song from any and all digital and physical distribution channels and must immediately cease access to any streams and/or downloads of the New Song by the general public.

I think I breached my license...
    1. The licensee shall have five (5) business days from its receipt of written notice by Producer and/or Producer’s authorized representative to cure any alleged breach of this Agreement by Licensee. Licensee’s failure to cure the alleged breach within five (5) business days shall result in Licensee’s default of its obligations, its breach of this Agreement, and at Producer’s sole discretion, the termination of Licensee’s rights hereunder.
    2. If Licensee engages in the commercial exploitation and/or sale of the Beat or New Song outside of the manner and amount expressly provided for in this Agreement, Licensee shall be liable to Producer for monetary damages in an amount equal to any and all monies paid, collected by, or received by Licensee, or any third party on its behalf, in connection with such unauthorized commercial exploitation of the Beat and/or New Song.
    3. Licensee recognizes and agrees that a breach or threatened breach of this Agreement by Licensee give rise to irreparable injury to Producer, which may not be adequately compensated by damages. Accordingly, in the event of a breach or threatened breach by the Licensee of the provisions of this Agreement, Producer may seek and shall be entitled to a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction restraining the Licensee from violating the provisions of this Agreement. Nothing herein shall prohibit Producer from pursuing any other available legal or equitable remedy from such breach or threatened breach, including but not limited to the recovery of damages from the Licensee. The Licensee shall be responsible for all costs, expenses or damages that Producer incurs as a result of any violation by the Licensee of any provision of this Agreement. Licensee’ obligation shall include court costs, litigation expenses, and reasonable attorneys’ fees.
    4.  
Warranties, Representations, and Indemnification:

Licensee hereby agrees that Licensor has not made any guarantees or promises that the Beat fits the particular creative use or musical purpose intended or desired by the Licensee. The Beat, its sound recording, and the underlying musical composition embodied therein are licensed to the Licensee “as is” without warranties of any kind or fitness for a particular purpose.

Parties hereto shall indemnify and hold each other harmless from any and all third party claims, liabilities, costs, losses, damages or expenses as are actually incurred by the non-defaulting party and shall hold the non-defaulting party, free, safe, and harmless against and from any and all claims, suits, demands, costs, liabilities, loss, damages, judgments, recoveries, costs, and expenses; (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees), which may be made or brought, paid, or incurred by reason of any breach or claim of breach of the warranties and representations hereunder by the defaulting party, their agents, heirs, successors, assigns and employees, which have been reduced to final judgment; provided that prior to final judgment, arising out of any breach of any representations or warranties of the defaulting party contained in this agreement or any failure by defaulting party to perform any obligations on its part to be performed hereunder the non-defaulting party has given the defaulting party prompt written notice of all claims and the right to participate in the defense with counsel of its choice at its sole expense. In no event shall Artist be entitled to seek injunctive or any other equitable relief for any breach or non-compliance with any provision of this agreement.

Miscellaneous

You can…

  • Slow it down
  • Speed it up
  • Chop & Screw

 

You can NOT…

  • Add instruments 
  • Remix it with another song or beat
  • Add copyrighted or protected vocals or sounds on it

Coming soon…