Posted on

What is royalty free music – Do we really need it?

Royalty-free music refers to a type of music license that allows the buyer to pay for the license once and be able to use it as many times as they want.

Here’s an example of what it is. You go to a Stock Music site to buy a license for a video that you want to put online. Once in the library, you search for the type of music you need using the filters offered by the search tool. Once the song is found, you select the license you need, i.e. a license for the web, social networks, commercial, TV or film. Then you pay for your license and you can use your song as many times as you want as long as you respect your license. So you pay only once but can use it as much as you want.

What is royalty free music - Groove Bakery

Is royalty free music copyrighted

Sometimes it can be very annoying to understand the difference between “Royalty Free” and “rights managed”. However, the first simply means “Free of Royalty” while the second means that the buyer pays the fees (Royalties) depending on the number of times the song will be used as well as the size of the territory. So, hence the question of whether the music is copyrithed, the answer is yes. To sum up, as long as someone creates music automatically, they have the copryright of the music. When we say free to use it does not mean that they are free of copyright.

The composer as the Copyright owner may want to receive his composers royalties for the public performance of his music. Even the recordings of Public Domain music are not Copyright Free. The composition may be Copyright Free but not the actual sound recording (also called the Master). You can consult this website for more information.

Can royalty free music be used commercially

The answer is yes. In fact, Royalty Free Music licensing does not include “public performance” royalties. What are public performance royalties? Well, the royalties are paid to the composers when their music is performed publicly. For example, when a song is used as background music in a television show, royalties are paid to the composer. It is not the person who bought the song who is going to pay these rights. The rights will be pay by the network that is broadcasting the show where the music is performed like on television as background music. Performing Rights Organizations (PRO) like ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, SOCAN, PRS, etc. are being paid by the networks and are in charge of distributing the performing royalties to the music composers.

Is royalty free music bad

Many people tend to believe that music library of this type is lower quality music. However, that has nothing to do with the fact that it is royalty free music. There are libraries with music considered “cheap” poorly mixed or poorly recorded and others with professional quality. The quality will vary enormously from one library to the other. The price of music has nothing to do with quality. The choice of composer as well as the choice of songs has something to do with it. A Stock Music Library is a music library that offers music already in stock – already made and ready to license and use.

To start your exploration in royalty free music visit our library at Groove Bakery.