Q: So what do you exactly mean by “free beats”?
A: BeatsByYou.com or the producer that created the beat still owns the rights to these beats and they are not to be used for profit. If you are serious about your craft please purchase a license beat.
Q: What type of ways can I license a beat for commercial use?
A: There are two types of purchasing methods — non-exclusive rights and exclusive rights. Exclusive rights will grant you unlimited rights in all aspects. You would technically be “buying out” the beat. Non-exclusive rights, on the other hand, have limitations. Beats By You offers three types of non-exclusive licensing: blanket license (also known as a “lease”), performance license, and synchronization license. A blanket license covers multiple rights that can be done with a song using the beat including 2000 copies of physical or digital sales, three radio station rotations, $1,000 in show/concert earnings, and two soundtrack uses. A performance license will allow you to make unlimited earnings in one live show/concert (suitable for large shows). A synchronization license will allow you to use the beat itself, not a song over the beat, for soundtrack use on one medium. For more information please contact us by phone or e-mail.
Q: What if someone buys the exclusive rights license after I already bought a non-exclusive rights license to the same beat?
A: Nothing. As long as you made the purchase before the exclusive rights being sold off, all your rights remain intact as described on your certificate of licensing. However, you will no longer be able to purchase additional rights to the same beat if the exclusive right to that song is sold. We encourage you to buy the exclusive rights as soon as you realize you need such rights due to this first-come first-serve policy.
Q: Does buying out exclusive rights prevent people who have bought non-exclusive rights from using the beat further?
A: See answer to question #3 above.
Q: Can I buy the exclusive rights later on if I purchased a non-exclusive license first?
A: Yes, but because the beats in our public catalog are sold on a first-come first-serve basis, we encourage you to act quickly as soon as you realize you need the exclusive rights.
Q: Are sound tags or producer signatures removed after purchase?
A: Yes, any sound tags or producer signatures are removed from the beat in the higher quality .wav file when you purchase the beat.
Q: How come I can’t buy exclusive rights to certain beats?
A: The offering of exclusive rights is under the discretion of the producer. In this case, the producer has elected not to sell exclusive rights automatically through BeatsByYou.com.
Q: Why should I lease a beat if other people can lease the same beat?
A: There are two primary reasons why blanket licensing/leasing works. First, the 2,000 copies limit imposed basically discourages someone from distributing a song with the beat on a nationwide or worldwide basis and limits it to a more local basis. ‘2,000′ is an estimated number that minimizes the chances of two songs clashing with the same beat. This creates fair play amongst all of our clients who license a track non-exclusively. If a person is ready for more than 2,000 copies, we encourage that he or she purchases the exclusive rights. The second reason is that talent, skill, and exposure plays a large role in buying a blanket license. We believe if you have any of these three key factors, it should not concern you that other people are buying a lease license for the same beat. If your song becomes a hit, the audience will think that other people on the same beat are using “your” beat.
Q: What if I need more than 2,000 copies for the lease license, but I don’t want to purchase the exclusive rights?
A: Unfortunately, we do not offer any “premium” lease licenses at this time because we feel that an excessive amount of copies floating around reduces the value of the beat for all artists who have fairly purchased the license. Thus you would have to buy the exclusive rights license, if available.
Q: Can I license beats for non-artist or non-performance purposes such as a soundtrack for video games or film?
A: Absolutely, please contact email@example.com for Synchronization License information or questions
Q: What are the exact steps to purchasing a beat?
A: You can browse through the beats in the Beat Genres and then click the ‘BUY NOW’ button corresponding to the desired beat. Payment options include all major credit cards or Paypal. As soon as payment is received, you will be able to immediately download the high quality master file in .wav format and the certificate of licensing in PDF format.
Q: Do you offer discounts if I purchase in bulk?
A: For custom bulk purchases in excess of $500, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Returning preferred customers occasionally receive greater discounts. BeatsByYou.com will regularly offer sales promotions where beats are sold at discounted prices. To stay up to date with such offers, you can follow BeatsByYou.com on Twitter or like BeatsByYou.com on FaceBook.
Q: Do you design beats the way I want them?
A: Yes, our producers have an extensive resume of placements with major artists and companies — please contact email@example.com for custom production details. A minimum budget of $1,000 is expected.
Q: When can I expect my beats after making payment?
A: Upon successful authorization of payment by credit card or Paypal, you will immediately receive a download link to obtain the master file of the beat you purchased. Track separation files are uploaded by the corresponding producer and may vary anywhere from 1 to 5 days.
Q: I’ve decided I don’t want this beat anymore — can I refund it or exchange it?
A: Because our instrumentals are considered ‘intellectual’ property, it is difficult for us to allow refunds or exchanges in order to prevent confusion, infringement, and theft of rights. For example, it is not fair for someone to purchase a beat, and then decide to trade it back in the future for a “hotter and newer” beat.
Q: Can I have a license to a beat for free, trade a beat for yours, or pay you in royalties?
A: Sorry, but no. Commercial licenses for our beats are not given for free, unless specifically designated to be. We do not trade any beats or accept “possible” royalties with no upfront fee. If you are serious about making money off your music and would like to establish a legitimate reputation, then you should not mind investing in a license for yourself.
Q: What about downloading a beat just for listening or freestyling?
A: Yes. This is allowed for beats that have not been exclusively sold. If you use this beat to record on, it must remain strictly for nonprofit and non-commercial — you may not even make money to cover CD pressing or promotional costs. Acceptable non-profit and non-commercial formats include posting on your personal webpage or community page, burning CDs for your friends and family, putting out a showcase demo on a limited basis to record labels. Anything that seems commercial, profitable, or large-scale to you is probably not acceptable — please use common sense. If you have any doubt, it probably is not permitted. Lastly, you must remember to give credit to the producer and provide a link to BeatsByYou.com.
Q: I have some songs I made on your producers’ beats — could I send them to you or your producers?
A: Our e-mail system is reserved for customer service and sales inquiries only, I will have something up soon. For any additional sales questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.