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If you’re looking to download free instrumentals to jumpstart some ideas you have, then you’re in the right place. I understand that sometimes you need few beats to play around with, so I put together a nice pack of 3 free beats for you! You will have access to a variety of styles with this pack, and they’re ALL schmackin! also offer premade beats for sale, and custom instrumentals.
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Royalty-free beats are simply instrumentals that you can use to make your own songs with, profit, and not worry about paying any the producer (or anyone else for that matter) back-end royalties. It works out in your favor.
Here’s the caveat — usually the license that comes with these beats (because you need a license to legally use ANY beat, even if it’s royalty-free) is non-exclusive. This means that other artists that are putting in the work to build their careers, just like you, can license these same beats and make their own songs using them. So while it’s pretty easy & awfully inexpensive to get access to royalty-free beats, there are a few drawbacks if you’re an experienced artist looking to hit the scene with a unique sound (something that’s needed in order to stand out in today’s music market).
Here’s a recap:
The term “free beat“, or “free download” gets tossed around quite often without the artists (people like you) actually knowing what it really means. Not that there’s anything wrong with free beats, but there are some things that must be understood before thinking you can just download an instrumental for free, and then become a superstar.
In most cases, free beats are beats given our by producers to artists for “promotional use only”. What this means is you cannot profit from the songs you create using the free beats. “Promotional use” ranges anywhere from posting on Soundcloud, Instagram, YouTube (without monetizing — more on that later), unpaid shows, sharing with friends, etc.
With most producers, you will need to purchase a license in order to actually make money off of your song in any way.
I don’t really like to play by the rules though…
The free ones I give you actually come with usage rights, meaning you CAN profit from the songs you make using them. Take a read through the actual license you get when downloading free beats from me.
In short, no… but let me explain.
In the simplest way I can say it — only ONE entity is able to monetize any given musical work. Frankly, YouTube just has not yet caught up with the way the rest of the world is doing business (as in the case of leasing beats online). Because of this stipulation, most producers prohibit any leasees from claiming Content ID — which is the unique digital footprint embedded in the waveform of the music that YouTube automatically detects.
Since leased beats are non-exclusive licenses, the producer still owns the rights to the beat itself. You then ask, “Well, I’m not trying to claim the beat itself. Can’t I claim my song since it’s original in and of itself? Here’s the answer:
YouTube cannot separate the beat from the song through its audio-scanning technology. For all they know, you could have layered the beat in the background of a podcast you made. There aren’t actual people looking at videos with leased beats, and marking them as copyright-infringing… it’s all done by bots.
With that said, YouTube doesn’t actually know that your video/song is its own unique creation. Hopefully, as our industry grows, YouTube will find a way to accommodate our situation in the future.
In the meantime, since only one entity can claim this Content ID, it makes the most sense for the actual producer to be that entity. Otherwise, if a licensee attempts to claim the music, none of the other licensees would have that privilege which would not be fair.
In the real world, it’s usually the record label that the artist is signed to that acquires the exclusive rights (attaining ownership of the “Master”, as explained by The Balance Careers) to exploit the song. These are more exclusive situations — it’s the opposite of a lease in legal terms, and in order to get these exclusive rights, you must purchase them directly from the producer.
As well, custom beats are exclusive by nature and grant you ownership of the Master to the finished song (upon payment-in-full of course). In this case, you are more than welcome to monetize your video on YouTube.
Yes. Any time a producer creates an instrumental, he/she instantly becomes the copyright owner unless they sign that ownership away.
It may seem confusing when you consider the fact that the producer has not yet had a chance to officially file the copyright with the Library of Congress, but by law, intellectual property is owned by the creator as soon as it is created. The documentation is simply the government’s way of keeping tabs of who owns what so I’d think twice about trying to claim copyrights to something that isn’t your original creation.
That’s just asking for trouble.
There are cases where a producer may relinquish ALL copyright ownership to an instrumental in exchange for a fee, however, this is becoming rarer as music producers across the globe are becoming more aware of the benefits of owning their music.
Even in a situation where an artist acquires exclusive rights to the instrumental, the producer still owns the copyright to the beat. However, the artist (or the artist’s label if the artist is signed) will own the Master Recording, which is basically the official copyright for the “song”, not the beat itself. Just as the artist owns the copyrights to his/her original lyrics, the producer owns the copyright to his/her original instrumental, and the label (or the artist if the artist is unsigned) owns the copyright to the Master Recording.
For your reference, here are the respective forms to fill out for each person:
It’s much more common to just fill these forms out online (there’s a $55 fee for each), but I just wanted you to get an immediate glimpse at what the forms look like so that you’re aware.
That’s about it — you have just finished your crash course on licensing beats online! Feel free to hit me up if you have any questions.
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