Royalty Free Music: Know Your Rights

The term royalty free music is standard in the industry, however, the terms of the license agreement will vary from company to company. Every seller has their own terms of use. Below, we have provided our terms (License Agreement) in an easy to understand format.

Acceptable Uses

Corporate: You can use our music as part of an online video, powerpoint presentation, demonstration, corporate video / DVD or multimedia presentation.
Items for Sale: You can create items for sale that contain our music. These include training courses, audio books, games and mobile phone apps. If you expect to sell more than 5000 units you would need to purchase a mass market license which allows you to make unlimited units.
Films: Our music can be used in low budget films, student films, film festival and for film making competitions. Our music can also be used in large budget films but cue sheets must be completed in these cases. 
Broadcast: You can use our music in film, TV and radio as part of a program or advert.There is no additional charge from us but we request that cue sheets be completed where applicable as this may benefit the composer. Learn more about cue sheets here.
  Weddings: Our royalty free music can be used in wedding photography slideshows or wedding video / DVD. In addition it can be played in the wedding venues as part of the service or reception.Alternatively, you may wish to consider commissioning a bespoke wedding theme.
Events: You can use our music in public at tradeshows and events as part of your display, demonstration or presentation. You do not have to pay any additional fees to performance royalty organisations (PRO’s) as the composer will be paid through us and has agreed to waive the performance royalty for this usage.
  Public Background Music: Although you can use our music in public and we have direct permission from the composer for you to do so, we can not stop PRO’s contacting you or harassing you. For this reason we recommend our ‘Public Safe Music‘ for this purpose. This music is NOT in a PRO. Learn more
  On Hold Music: You can license our music for use in your on hold player without having to pay additional fees to performance royalty organisations (PRO’s). The composer will be paid through us from your licensing fee and has agreed to waive performance royalties on this usage. For use in more than one location our mass market license needs to be purchased.
  Web & Online: Our music can be used online as website background music, in online videos including YouTube, podcasts and in viral campaigns.
Other: Our music can also be used in a variety of other situations including kiosks & vending machines, mobile phones, novelty products and more.

If your use is not here please phone or email for help.

Have any questions? This document covers our general policy for licensing our royalty free music. However, we may be able to offer some flexibility on a case by case basis so please feel free to get in touch if you have a specific requirement or budget and we will help if we can. Please phone or email for help.

General Terms…

License Length and coverage:  The license we provide is in perpetuity. This basically means that the music can be used forever in your project. You also use our music anywhere in the world. There are no territory restrictions. Use it in any country or use it in many countries for as long as you like.
  Your Clients: You can license our music on behalf of your clients. As long as there is a chain of permission you are covered. For example, any questions about the music you licensed on behalf of the client will come back to you which will then link back to us. In this scenario you are the music license holder, not your client. If they want to use it in additional projects they must purchase their own license.

Singing over music: You can sing over the music but only as part of an advertisement or corporate promotion. Not as a song for sale, this is a breach of our license agreement.
Ownership: You can send a copy to someone else and instruct them to use it as part of your production but you must make it clear that you are the music license holder.This means they must not use the music in their own project and should delete it when the work they are doing for you is finished. If they want to use it in their projects they must purchase their own license from us.
Adding Voice Over: You can speak over the music or play the music on its own as part of your production or project. The speaking can be part of the audio file or live at an event or PowerPoint presentation for example.If you need a professional voice over we can help.
  Edits: You can convert the file into any format required for your project. These versions can be made shorter, looped to make them longer so that it fits into your project or spliced together in order to make variations of the playback.

You Can Not…

Make a Song for Sale: You can not sing over the music and sell or promote it as your own song. You can not remix the music and claim authorship over it.

Resell: You can not resell or give the music away as music only. It must be combined with something, for example, a video, marketing message or voice over.

Use our previews: You can not use our music previews or edited versions of them in your finished project. Previews can be used as placeholders in order to provide examples to your clients but music used in final projects must be licensed from us. Royalty free does not mean free.
  Share it: You can not share or distribute music licensed from us. As the license holder you are responsible for ensuring the music is used for its intended purpose and is not distributed freely. If someone else wishes to use the music in their own projects, they too must license the music from us.

Extended License: You can not make more than 5000 physical copies or sell more than 5000 units of our music on the standard license. If you make more than 5000 copies you must purchase or upgrade to an extended license. If the extended license is outside of your budget talk to us we may be able to negotiate.
Broadcast: You can use our music in film, TV and radio as part of a program or advert. There is no additional charge from us but we request that cue sheets be completed where applicable as this may benefit the composer. Learn more about cue sheets here.

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LIABILITY FOR AUDIO SUBMITTED

The Media User acknowledges that the Company is relying on the warranties given by the Contributor that any Audio submitted to the Site does not infringe any third party rights or other agreements. The Company is not liable for any infringements in this respect.

OBLIGATIONS

The Media User will facilitate inspection of the Project by the Company and will indemnify the Company in the event that it becomes apparent from inspection that the Media User has breached the terms of the Licence.

COMPANY WARRANTIES

Authority – The Company has the authority to enter into this Agreement.

Rights granted – The Company warrants that it has the right to grant the rights which form the basis of the Licence.

MEDIA USER WARRANTIES

Alterations – The Media User will not make any material changes to the Audio the resulting effect of which would be to alter the Audio beyond recognition. The Media User will not claim authorship in the Audio following any necessary alterations to the Audio for the Project.

Moral Rights – Any changes to the Audio by the Media User will not be to the extent that they infringe the Contributor’s right not to have his Audio subjected to derogatory treatment. The treatment of the work is derogatory if it amounts to distortion or mutilation of the work or is otherwise prejudicial to the honour or reputation of the author.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

Neither this Agreement nor the Licence confers on the Media User any right to ownership of any intellectual property rights in the Audio or any other material associated with the Audio which is on the Site. Ownership of copyright was not assigned to the Company and remains with the Contributor.

TERMINATION

The Company has the right to terminate this Agreement and the Licence if the Media User materially breaches any terms
of the Licence. For the sake of clarity a material breach includes a breach of warranties and obligations of the Media User.
In the event the Company becomes aware of any infringements in connection with the Audio submitted by the Contributor it will notify the Media User and the Licence will terminate.

ASSIGNMENT/SUB-LICENSING

The Media User may not assign, sub-licence or sub-contract any of its rights under the agreement to a third party without the Company’s prior written consent.

ERRORS AND VIRUSES

The Company will use its best endeavours to correct errors and omissions as quickly as practicable after being notified of them. However due to the sophisticated technology required in operating the Site there may be times when obvious errors occur. The Company does not make any warranty that this Site is free from infection by viruses or anything else that has contaminating or destructive properties.

BOILERPLATE

Jurisdiction – Each party irrevocably agrees to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales over any claim or matter arising under or in connection with this Agreement or the legal relationships established by this Agreement.

Entire Agreement – This agreement constitutes the entire agreement and understanding of the parties and supersedes any previous agreement between the parties relating to the subject matter of this agreement.

Severability – If any provision of this Agreement shall be found by any court or administrative body of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, such invalidity or unenforceability shall not affect the other provisions of this agreement which shall remain in full force and effect.

Variation – No variation of this agreement shall be valid unless it is in writing and signed by or on behalf of each of the parties.

Clause Headings – The headings to the clauses are for convenience only and are not to be taken into account in the interpretation of any part of this Agreement.

Definitions

In this Agreement:-
“Licence” means the licence granted pursuant acceptable uses
“Audio” means the music or sound effect specified
“Contributor” means the person/group that is submitting Audio under the terms of this Agreement
“Media User” means the customer who purchases a Licence through the Site
“Project” means the intended use of the Audio by the Media User
“Site” means the website www.royaltyfreemusic.uk.com or any other domain from which the Company sells Licences