Royalty Free Music / Stock Music

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No matter where you get your music from, it is important for you to read the End User License that outlines how the music can be used. There are a variety of restrictions that might apply.

“Royalty Free” does not make the music available for you to use however and wherever you want. Although you pay money for and take possession of a music track – it does not belong to you. Most music of this kind is sold with Synchronization Rights only. That means you are allowed to use the music as part of a project or production, like a TV show, Film, Live Theatre performance or YouTube video. Note that some companies restrict the number of copies or downloads you can license per track purchase. Read the fine print and if the fine print isn’t clear, then ask the questions you need answers to. Make sure that your needs are met by the license provided.

There are three basic rights reserved to the composer and publisher that are not included in any music license. The Copyright or basic ownership of the music stays with the publishing company. The Mechanical Rights (the right to make copies of the music for other purposes when the music is not in a production). The Performing Rights (the right to play the music in a public place or to broadcast it) are not usually included in your purchase.

In some countries you can separately license the Performing Rights by paying a separate fee, but in other countries it is not legal to separately license the Performing Rights. There are whole organizations (performing rights societies) that are dedicated to collecting license fees from theatres, TV and radio stations, stadiums and even shopping malls and grocery stores. The license fees grant these locations the right to play music for the enjoyment of their customers / visitors. The important thing to know in these cases is that the Performing Rights fees are payable by the venue (the location or station) that is playing or broadcasting the music – not necessarily by the creator of the project, production or video. The license fees collected by performing rights societies (like ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, PRS for instance) are traded back and forth across international boundaries and eventually find their way back in to the pockets of the Composers who write the songs and the Publishers who distribute the songs.

StockMusic (Royalty Free Music) is usually sold to you once and then is available for you to use as many times as you wish in as many different projects or productions as you wish. You could purchase a music track today and use it immediately in a video and then come back to it 3 years from now and use it in an entirely different project. There would be no extra fees due and no other rights to purchase. All rights for this music kind of music are non-exclusive. You, your neighbor and your second cousin twice removed who lives in Albuquerque could all purchase and use the same track for their own purposes. But be aware that you can’t purchase the track yourself and then pass it on to your neighbor.


Royalty Free Music Libraries:


StockMusic.com StockMusic
StockMusic.com grants non-exclusive and unlimited synchronization rights in its End User License Agreement. They offer more than 440 music albums which feature more than 20,000 music tracks online. Music is available to purchase as complete albums or as single music tracks. Most albums include full mix, underscore and broadcast length versions of the compositions. The music is well catalogued both for browsing by genre and for searching by keyword.


Sound Ideas Royalty Free Music

Sound Ideas Royalty Free Music
Sound Ideas royalty free music on hard drive is an essential collection or music library that can be delivered to your door. It comes with unlimited lifetime synchronization rights and there are no annual license fees or hidden costs.




The Mix Broadcast Music Library

The Mix Broadcast Music Library
Sound Ideas also offers a royalty free music collections made just for the advertiser in you. All broadcast lengths and all with unlimited lifetime synchronization rights. The music in these collections is just right for commercial jingles, promotional spots and intros.