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License Agreement

When you license or purchase an audio track, it comes with a license, whether you are aware of it or not.

There are several different licensing formats that you will come across when you license or purchase music and royalty free sounds.

Sound Effects Licensing:
When you purchase a sound effect, whether from a library or a download site, you may not be aware of the fact that you do not actually own the sound effect that you purchased. You are purchasing the right to use the sound effect in a “work” (a film, TV show, PowerPoint presentation, radio commercial, computer game, etc.).

You don’t own the effect or the copyright to the effect, and you are not permitted to sell or give the effect to anyone else. You are permitted to sell and distribute the “work” that you used the effect in and you are permitted to use the same effect in many different “works” without having to pay the copyright holder any more money.

Sound Effects are most often licensed through a library specific end user license agreement. This is a link to a typical example


Royalty Free Music Licensing:
When you purchase a track of royalty free music, whether from a library or a download site, you may not be aware of the fact that you do not actually own the music track that you purchased. Once again, as in the case of sound effects, you are purchasing the right to use the music track in a “work” (a film, TV show, PowerPoint presentation, radio commercial, computer game, etc.).

You don’t own the music or the copyright to the music, and you are not permitted to sell or give the music to anyone else. You are permitted to sell and distribute the “work” that you used the music in and you are permitted to use the same music track in many different “works” without having to pay the copyright holder any more money.

Royalty Free Music is most often licensed through a library specific end user license agreement. This is link to a typical example.


Rights Managed Music Licensing:
Rights Managed Music is different from Royalty Free Music. Typically, you do not purchase music tracks or CDs from a Rights Managed Music Library. You enter into an agreement that permits you to use the Rights Managed Music either on a Blanket License or on a Needledrop License, and the music library is on loan to you as a master copy for the term of your agreement.


Blanket License: A Blanket License permits you to use music from a specific Rights Managed Music Library in your productions for the duration of the Blanket License. So, if you sign a 1-year Blanket License, you can use as much music from the Licensed Library in your productions as you need during the year. Once the music is in your production, it remains licensed in your production – you don’t have to worry that the end of your Blanket License means that you can’t distribute your production – but you cannot use the music in any new productions if your Blanket License expires. This is a link to a typical example of an Annual Blanket License.

Needledrop License: A Needledrop License creates a contract for you to use music on a “pay as you go” basis in your productions. It permits you to use:

• a specific cut of music

• of a specific length

• in a specific kind of production

• for a specific fee

In other words, if you find a piece of music that you like in a Rights Managed Music Library, you can get a license to use 30 seconds of that piece of music in a radio commercial and pay a single license fee for that use. Rate card are established that provide different licensing fees for public service announcements, audio video productions, commercials, TV programs, feature films, etc. This is a link to a typical example of a Needledrop License.