FAQ About Licenses
Glad you like our music and yes, you can record a song to our beat! If it is purely for non-profit / personal use (e.g., on YouTube, Soundcloud, social media), you can even upload it for free. Just make sure to give us credit by linking to our website / YouTube channel etc. in exchange! In case you want to make any profit with your song (for example distribute it to Spotify, Apple Music etc.) you will need to purchase a license for the beat on our website.
We offer different licenses. The Premium License ($44.95), the Basic License($24.95), the Unlimited License ($174.95)
Here is a brief overview of our different options:
The $44.95 Premium License gives you all the rights to get started. You get MP3 and WAV of the beat, can record vocals to it and distribute your song to Spotify/Apple Music etc. for a profit. You get 50% writer's and publisher's share in the song. In addition, you get to keep 50% of the master and mechanical royalties. This license is limited in a sense that it permits you to make profit up until 500k audio/video streams and sell up to 10,000 copies (physical, or digital downloads). After that you will need to upgrade to the Unlimited Lease. The $44.95 license allows radio pitching. You can film and upload one music video to free-access internet video platforms (such as YouTube).
The 24.95 Basic license will give you the MP3 file only.You can record vocals to it and distribute songs to Spotify/Apple music etc. For a profit.You get 50% writer's and publisher's share in the song. In addition, you get to keep 50% of the master and mechanical royalties. This license is limited in a sense that it permits you to make profit up until 100k audio/video streams and sell up to 10,000 copies (physical, or digital downloads). After that you will need to upgrade to the Premium Lease. The $24.95 license doesn't allow radio pitching. You can film and upload one music video to free-access internet video platforms (such as YouTube).
The $174.95 Unlimited lease has Premium + stems License which will give you the same rights as the Premium License , but you will get all the different sounds we use in the beat you bought (for instance the Kick, Snare, Guitars, Synths etc.) separately. This gives you the flexibility to restructure the song, use different elements in different parts, or you can have an engineer mix the song in an alternative way.
The $174.95 Unlimited Lease gives you everything the other two licenses give you (including the Trackouts), but with unlimited rights, meaning there is no restriction on audio/video streams or sales. Additionally, mainly important for artists looking to get airplay, this gives you the ability to pitch your song to radio! You can film and upload two music videos to internet platforms and monetize them. Sync licensing is possible with this license only.
Yes. All the licenses on our website are non-exclusive - this means we don't take the beat offline after it's been licensed, and technically other artists can license and use the same beat. The reason we can license our beats at such a good price is our non-exclusive licensing model. However, since all our licenses are non-exclusive, and we don't allow Content ID registration you should never run into any issues with another artist.
This part of the lease simply clarifies that you can't register your song with YouTube Content ID or any other content identification systems like it. Those systems "scan" their sites to see if anybody is using exclusive content without permission. Since all our licenses are non-exclusive, we don't allow people to register with those systems. Otherwise, if one of our customers were to register their derivative songs with those content ID systems, the content identification system might improperly flag all other users of that Beat as infringing users. Of course, we don't want that! That's why all our licenses are non-exclusive, and we decided to include that Content ID clause in there - just to make sure nobody registers it by accident. So basically, it's in our contracts to protect you as the artist :)
So, when uploading your song to Spotify etc. at your distributor / label simply don't register it with any Content ID system and you should be all good!
You will have to upgrade the license to a Premium Lease. By the time you have gotten 100k streams, you will have made quite some money off the release, and this shouldn’t be an issue. Also, we can give you a deal, so you only have to pay the remaining difference.
Don't worry, we do work with Content ID on YouTube, meaning we can monetize videos of people using our beats. However, we never take videos down or anything like that - we can simply monetize them. In case you got the Unlimited Lease you can remove our claim and monetize yourself. In this case just reach out at [email protected] and we'll remove the claim.
You will have to credit us as producers of the New Recording (e.g., “Produced by Prodbylila”) and co-writers of the New Composition (e.g., “Co-written by Vincent Collins [and other co-writers]” at your distributor, in any and all metadata, liner notes, and/or other customary place for such credits.
No, you can only upload a so-called "derivative version" of it, meaning after you add vocals and such to the beat.
I BOUGHT A LICENSE - DO I NOW HAVE COPYRIGHT OVER MY SONG? AND CAN I REGISTER IT WITH THE U.S. COPYRIGHT OFFICE?
Yes and no. We as the producers are and always remain the sole owner and holder of all right, title, and interest in the Beat itself. However, You may own a copyright to the extent of your contributions embodied in your song (e.g., your topline lyrics, melody, and/or other new instrumental elements). You are free to register anything you create with your national copyright office. However, you may not register the beat itself. This means any registration or claim of copyright as to the new song and/or new recording must be as a derivative work disclaiming any ownership to the copyright(s) in the beat itself.
Yes. If it is purely for non-profit / personal use (e.g. on YouTube, Soundcloud, social media), you can upload your song for free. Just make sure to give us credit by linking to our website / YouTube channel etc. in exchange.
I DON'T WANT TO RECORD A SONG - I'M A CONTENT CREATOR AND WANNA USE JUST THE BEAT IN A VIDEO. CAN I DO THAT?
Yes. If you just wanna use our music (without adding vocals or anything) for non-profit videos, simply mention us in the description i.e., music provided by Pacific + link and you're good to go. We do use Content ID on YouTube but don't worry - we never take videos down or anything like that. We simply might monetize them. If it's more than that and you're looking to make a profit off the video (for example monetize on YouTube) you'll need a content.
yes, you can pay via flutterwave which is safe and secured . You can also use credit card , only for a few selected African countries. I don't use cashapp but please contact me on ig at prodbylila or at [email protected] for further assistance on purchasing beats