Technically, the licensing agreement considers a distributed copy (whether paid or not) as royalty bearing, which would count toward your licensing limit. If you were to give away more than 2000 copies of your mastered track, you could be liable to pay royalties for the copies in excess of 2000 that you distributed even though you hadn't made a cent on them.

It depends on the license terms that the seller is offering. If the license terms state that you can air the mastered track on the radio, then you would be entitled to do that under the terms of the license.

A free download cannot be used for production music or any profitable use. It is provided for song-writing purposes and use in demo recordings only. To use this beat in a mastered track or profitable distribution, you must purchase an appropriate license.

Choosing which license is right for you depends on the needs of you project. If you need certain rights for certain uses, your best bet would be to compare what each license offers, and see if the rights granted fit your project demands. Basic licenses are generally used for small projects, premium licenses tend to be used for larger projects that require more units sold and/or more ways to use the master recording, and exclusive rights are for more mainstream projects.

We use the term "license certificate" to refer to the digitally signed license file that comes with every beat purchased through our online marketplace. The license certificate constitutes the legal proof of rights granted between the buyer and seller for beats purchased on Beat Brokerz.

Technical Details
The "license certificate" is actually just a human readable text file which outlines in plain english the terms under which any given instrumental beat was sold. A digital signature which can only be produced by Beat Brokerz and is unique to each individual license certificate, is then added to the text file which serves as proof that we brokered the transaction and that the contract is legitimate.

We send each license certificate that we sign to both the licensee (buyer) and licensor (seller). In this way, both parties rights are protected as the license certificate is a secure proof of the transaction under the given terms.

If either party attempts to modify any terms outlined within the license certificate, the Beat Brokerz signature will not validate and the license certificate is not legitimate. And since we are the only one capable of generating our unique signature, it is not possible for anybody to make up their own license certificate and claim that a beat was licensed under it.

Licenses can expire in the following ways:

  • Time
    If the term stated on the license certificate has been reached, the license is expired.
  • Sales
    If the quantity of units sold has reached the limit set in the license certificate, the license is expired.

When you purchase exclusive rights to use instrumental music here on Beat Brokerz, you are taking the ability away from other recording artists to license and use that instrumental music. After the sale of a license which includes exclusive rights, the beat is de-listed in the marketplace and all licenses for the beat become unavailable for purchase.

You should also be aware that exclusive rights to use a beat are not necessarily permanent. Since licenses can expire when certain limits are reached, exclusive rights can expire along with that. For example, a license that includes exclusive rights and a license term of 2 years, would grant you the exclusive use of that instrumental beat for 2 years... at which point your license would expire and the beat could be licensed again to other artists.

A "beat lease" is a generic way to reference a non-exclusive license of instrumental music. It's like calling an automobile a car.

Licenses are offered by producers for the use of their instrumental music in performance and production. A license must be purchased in order to legally use the instrumental music in any profitable distribution of derivative works.

Producers have the flexibility to offer different licensing options on their instrumentals in our marketplace to suit different usage scenarios. Any given instrumental beat may have a number of different licenses available for purchase, each suited to a specific type of buyer. In this way, instrumental beats can be sold for a price that is appropriate to how they intend to be used.

Once a license is purchased for a beat in the Beat Brokerz marketplace, a license certificate is generated and signed digitally for legal purposes. It is then sent out with the order to both the buyer (licensee) and the seller (licensor). The license certificate acts as the legal contract between the artist and producer.

Well, it depends.... Beat Brokerz is a dynamic marketplace where producers are able to set their own licensing terms and conditions for the sale of their instrumental music. So what you will be using the beat for will usually determine what license you purchase from the producer.

With that said, in order to keep things as simple and straightforward as possible for you (the buyer) to understand; every license for sale here is structured in a standardized way.

Essentially, when you purchase a license using the Beat Brokerz service, you are granted the right to make a derivative work from the instrumental music and in nearly all cases, sell that derivative work for a profit. You are also granted the right to perform the derivative work. How you sell or perform that derivative work is entirely up to you, however, the license defines how much of that you can actually do without paying royalties back to the producer.

Things you cannot do include:

  • Resell or license the instrumental music yourself in any way
  • Transfer ownership of the instrumental music or license to another party