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If you plan on making a demo, giving away your music for exposure, selling your music on the streets/out the trunk, if it's a mixtape release (up to 5,000 copies), If you are planning to record a demo and you are not going to get this demo mastered or shrink wrapped or anything major, it would be best to lease the beat. Also, if you plan to use the music for something like a talent show, A&R showcase, mixtape or PR stunt, or not planning to commercially push your song, save the money and lease the beat non exclusive.
procedure and guidelines for non exclusive 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 5,000 copies. Selling more than 5,000 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 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 5,000 copies since 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 (producer) 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.
Okay so you recorded demos and rocked madd talent shows and built up a small fanbase.
Now it's time to step your game up and record an album to really make yourself some money on an Independent level.
This is when you buy exclusive rights. You want to own the masters so you can really mix down your vocals with the tracks. You are ready for pro level procedures such as mastering, shrink wrapping and bar coding your CD's, commercially releasing your product, and aiming to take your sales from 5000 units to 10,000 units and beyond.
This is when you buy the exclusive rights to beats so no other artist can release this song commercially on an album except you.
Exclusive rights will allow you the freedom to sell as many CD's as you wish without catching a case from the producer. I say to you only buy using this option if you are serious about recording an album, already a professional or successful artist, or simply have the money to spend to have the beat exclusive to you.
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 (producer) on all commercial recordings.
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