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Within the past ten years, the term beat lease has become ubiquitously used among music producers and recording artists when it comes to buying beats online. This type of non-exclusive music licensing among beat makers has become increasingly popular due, in part, to the lag time between royalty payments for major placements  (i.e. ASCAP, BMI,SESAC'S quarterly royalty payouts) .

 

 

STANDARD BEAT LEASES, LICENCES

 

In order to clear the air on beat leasing, lets take a look at a sample of standard beat leasing rights, per soundlick an extremely popular beat selling platform. This is what typical standard leasing rights may include for the customer.

 

 

LEASING RIGHTS

 

You will receive an encoded MP3 file of the untagged song, and/or a copy of the raw WAV file. The song file can be delivered digitally or through the mail on a CD. Leasing rights allow you to use the beat (or song) for ONE commercial recording or broadcast. This recording can then be distributed at your price for up to 2,500 copies. Selling more than 2,500 copies means you must acquire a new lease or exclusive rights. You may also use the beat for non-profit promotional use or demos. You have full rights to record, alter, mix the beat/song in any shape, way, or form (except reselling the beat). You will receive a contract in the mail granting you non-exclusive rights to the beat. In the event that someone buys exclusive rights to the beat you have leased, your rights shall stand and the beat is still yours to use. You may also acquire new leasing rights if you sell more than 2,500 copies if your contract predates exclusive sale. The seller will not receive a royalty from the sale of records or downloads. You must however give full credit to the seller (artist and/or producer name) on all commercial recordings. Upon purchasing leasing rights, the seller still owns the beat(s) and the seller is able to resell the beat(s) any other party until exclusive rights have been purchased.

 

 

Leasing a beat is almost like borrowing or renting the beat from the producer for a period of time. Leasing rights give the recording artist the right to record, distribute, and make some money off of the producers work while the producer retains ownership of the beat. The main point to consider in standard leasing rights are the distribution rights. Generally, a standard instrumental license allows a recording artist to distribute a song created with the beat for one commercial broadcast recording with a distribution limit of around 2,500 copies. It allows the licensee to also use the instrumental for non-profit purposes. The licensor still retains exclusive rights to the track and the licensee must provide proper accreditation.Keep in mind that these rights are not all encompassing so its important to discuss with the producer what are the limitations of usage for a said track.

 

 

Now lets review a sample of some terms for exclusive beats online

 

 

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS

 

You will receive a MP3 file of the beat (or song), untagged (free of soundmarks) and/or a copy of the raw WAV file. The song file can be delivered digitally or through the mail on a CD. Exclusive rights grant you unlimited commercial recordings and broadcasts. You have full rights to record, alter, mix the beat/song in any shape, way, or form (except reselling the beat). You will receive a contract in the mail granting you exclusive rights to the beat. You own the recording as a work made for hire. The original seller may no longer lease or sell the beat/song, except for prior leasing rights holders and his/her own promotional page (no downloads there). The seller will not receive a royalty from the sale of records or downloads. You must however give full credit to the seller (artist and/or producer name) on all commercial recordings. With exclusive beat sales, the biggest difference is that you own the recording as a work made for hire. The producer in question forfeits all of their exclusive rights and grants unlimited distribution to the customer.SPECIAL USES: TV, Movies, Commercials, Websites, Charity organizations: can use song for free, but must give full credit to artist/producer Student projects for school/college: can use song for free, but must give full credit to artist/producer Commercials, In-house, company publications: for publications with less than 50,000 viewers exclusive rights suffice. Terms are to be discussed for larger publications.Websites (less than 100,000 monthly hits): leasing rights suffice.Websites (other): must acquire exclusive rights. TV/Movie: terms are to be discussed.

 

In more recent times premium beat leases have come about to offer recording artists further distribution rights and flexibility

 

 

PREMIUM BEATS

 

Premium Beat Leases are a hybrid of sorts between exclusive rights and non exclusive rights. Here is a sample of terms you might see in a premium beat leasing rights agreement

 

 

PREMIUM BEAT LEASING RIGHTS

 

You will receive an encoded MP3 file of the untagged song, and/or a copy of the raw WAV file. The song file can be delivered digitally or through the mail on a CD. Leasing rights allow you to use the beat (or song) for three commercial recordings or broadcasts. This recording can then be distributed at your price for up to 25,000 copies. Selling more than 25,000 copies means you must acquire a new lease or exclusive rights. You may also use the beat for non-profit promotional use or demos. You have full rights to record, alter, mix the beat/song in any shape, way, or form (except reselling the beat). You will receive a contract in the mail and/or via digital delivery granting you non-exclusive rights to the beat. In the event that someone buys exclusive rights to the beat you have leased, your rights shall stand and the beat is still yours to use. You may also acquire new leasing rights if you sell more than 25,000 copies if your contract predates exclusive sale. The seller will not receive a royalty from the sale of records or downloads. You must however give full credit to the seller (artist and/or producer name) on all commercial recordings. Upon purchasing leasing rights, the seller still owns the beat(s) and the seller is able to resell the beat(s) to any other party until exclusive rights have been purchased.

 

 

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