One of the most common questions I receive from artists is “What’s is the difference between purchasing a “Lease” and purchasing “Exclusive” rights to a beat?” Here is a break down about the differences and hopefully brings answer to some of those questions. Encourage you to read below.

– Dima Fenix.

Non-Exclusive Beat Licensing

Non-Exclusive licenses grant you specific user rights to the beat that you are about to record your lyrics and vocals on. It doesn’t mean that you own it (exclusively). The producer of the beat still retains copyright ownership of the beat. It means that the producer has the right to license the beat to whomever he wants to until someone purchases an Exclusive license. To read about Beat Leasing offered at our store, please Click Here.

Exclusive Beat Licensing

When you own the Exclusive rights to a beat, you can use the master (your song) without limits on user rights (in comparison to beat licensing). Meaning that you can exploit your song to the fullest, change it, remove or add any additional instruments, etc.

You may exploit the master without any limitations in way or territory of use. So if you think you can get your record on #1 in ten different countries and sell millions of copies, then you are allowed to do so.

Beat licensing is no longer an issue because you will own the exclusive rights to the song you created with our beat. That also means that after you have purchased the exclusive rights, we will no longer sell or license the beat on our website. Who purchased Exclusive License, that person has the Beat Exclusively.

So, Non-Exclusive or Exclusive?

If you are serious about a certain beat and you have the potential to make your song big, you should go for an Exclusive license.

However, 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 the exclusive rights, while you are not even sure if the record is going to get big? Ask yourself what would be best for the artist that you are right now.

Building up a fan base and getting your music heard by the people who matter in the industry should be the first priority. When the time comes that you have enough followers who will share, repost and eventually buy your music, you should consider buying exclusive licenses.

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.