Beat Licensing Explained
Non-Exclusive Beat Licensing
Exclusive Beat Licensing
So, Non-Exclusive or Exclusive?
Copyright of Non-Exclusive Beats
So, now you have recorded your vocals to one of our beats, you must have some kind of copyright on your song right?
Well… Yes and No!
What you have created is a derivative work. So yes, you have copyright over the lyrics that you recorded over the beat but no, you still don’t have copyright to the music used for your song.
Upon submitting your song to DistroKid, TuneCore or CDbaby they ask you who the copyright owners of the song are. In that case, you’ll have to tell them that you only have copyright over the lyrics and that you’ve created a ‘New work’ with copyright protected audio that has been non-exclusively licensed to you by the producer. For the Music, you have to tag your producer, for example, “Produced by Fenixprod”
Publishing Rights of Non-Exclusive Beats
With a non-exclusive license, you get 0% publishing rights. So the owner (creator/producer) of the Beat must be Credited and informed. For Example, if you upload tracks to Spotify, so in preferences, alongside the Artist Name, you should include Producer “Fenixprod”. Also, it should be credited in the song Credits like “Produced by Fenixprod”.
Copyright of Exclusive Beats
Producers differ in how they define ‘Exclusive.’ In our case, we always ask to execute a 50/50 split-sheet and we retain copyright ownership over the music we created. (The way it should)
We negotiate a fair split of publishing rights with the artist (or their representatives) and work together with the artists to maximize the song’s potential. As that would benefit us both.
Some of the terms in an exclusive license can be discussed or negotiated, as we always advise artists to contact the producer first before purchasing an exclusive license.