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Monday, January 30th, 2017
What is Royalty Free Music?
This is a question we’re often asked, here’s a simple way to define it: “Royalty free music” is music that’s designed to be used in media projects, and can be licensed for a single one-time fee. The term “royalty free” can be confusing, whether used for music or other media such as pictures or video. A better, more accurately descriptive term would be “license-paid” – however the term ‘royalty free’ has become the generic term associated with the industry.
What Does Royalty Free Music Do?
It offers a simple way to license music to use in media situations, such as TV programmes, films, websites. Whoever owns the various ‘rights’ to the music must give their permission for their music to be used. Traditionally, the licensing process to do his could be costly and time consuming to arrange, and was usually on a per-use basis. Royalty free music attempts to make this process easier by offering a simple license structure, allowing the media producer permission to use the music repeatedly and in many ways without having to purchase additional licenses.
Reasons to use Royalty Free Music include:
* Licensing is simple and widely available
* Quick and Easy Access to music
* More Cost Effective than traditional licensing
* Peace of mind – you know you’re legally covered
www.royalty-free.tv – supplying royalty free music since 2003 to major broadcasters, movie makers, web designers, media producers.
Friday, May 20th, 2016
Just added to our mobile site, details of this great collection of royalty free tracks… “Simple and Happy”
Acoustic, simple and carefree, this collection of happy and uplifting music is perfect for simple, happy moments.
Click the picture to learn more…
Thursday, April 12th, 2012
What actually is the law about copyright and using music? We’re often asked this by people who want to use some music in their new project, but aren’t too sure about copyright law. It could be for a youtube video, a new website, a podcast or a TV show, but the important thing is that they want to use music without any legal issues. We’ve put together an article covering the basics (and a lot of the detail!) on music copyright law, to help you make the right choices when adding music to your project. We’ve used our experience from years in the music business, to simply show what the law actually is, and how to make sure you stay legal 🙂
The article is here: Music Copyright And The Law
Friday, October 7th, 2011
What Can I Use Royalty Free Music For?
That’s a question we get asked many times, and we’re always happy to confirm how it’s OK to use our royalty free music 🙂 All the examples given here of how to use royalty free music are included in our licenses at www.royalty-free.tv.
Using Royalty Free Music
Royalty free music is designed to be used as background music. The technical term for this is “synchronised”, which simply means the music is synchronised in time with another media, for example pictures.
Typical uses for royalty free music are:
- TV shows and commercials
- Radio Productions – for example commercials, beds for voiceovers
- Film / Movie for theatrical release
- In software, physical or downloadable. For example, computer game.
- Corporate video, DVD, trade show, training videos, presentations.
- Shareware / Freeware games
- Music On Hold – telephone system
- Online video – streamed via hosting sites such as youtube etc.
- Podcast – background music for voiceover, introduction theme tune etc.
- Student film and film festivals
- Educational uses (school projects etc. not for sale)
Royalty Free Music Licensing
It’s usual for the permission (license) to be made out to you as the producer or maker of the media project. This means it’s for you to use in your project, but you can’t re-sell the music to someone else. Of course, selling your project (movie, game etc.) is fine, that’s how royalty free music is designed to help you, by keeping your costs down.
For full details of what a royalty free music license covers, you can find ours at http://www.royalty-free.tv/rftv/royalty_free_music_license.htm. It’s a legal document, but it’s easy to read and understand, written in plain terms. It’s worth checking out 🙂
We have over 8000 royalty free music files available to download at www.Royalty-Free.tv, used by media producers worldwide.
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
Stock Music, also known as production music or library music, is music that’s written specifically to be licensed and used in television, film, radio and other medias. Publishers specialising in stock music will make their music catalogue available to media producers, together with a relatively straightforward pricing structure allowing the media maker to use the music in their productions. The price the media producer pays will vary according to the use, generally the larger the eventual audience the greater the fee. The composers of the music are happy to let the publishers do this on their behalf, since they share the licensing fees with them.
Stock Music Libraries
In the past this system was very different to licensing popular music, or classical recordings, where the media producer would have to gain the consent of the artist as well as their publisher in order to use their music. This could be a time consuming and expensive business, which was one of the reasons why using stock music was an attractive alternative. In more recent years however, this situation has started to change, and major record companies are more often making their popular music available for use on TV for example, even providing re-mixed instrumental versions to encourage their use. Likewise the fees charged have become more aligned with traditional stock music libraries. This is all because record companies are now trying to find new markets for their music, since their traditional revenue from selling CDs has reduced greatly due to digital online music.
Digital Stock Music
Stock music publishers have had to change as well, and their music is now mostly available via websites and digital downloads, where a few years ago they distributed their music on CD. The Internet has also enabled many new stock music businesses to start up and succeed, and as a result there are many different levels of music licensing offered by these companies, depending on their business model. So as well as traditional stock music libraries owned my major music companies, there are many independent businesses (such as www.royalty-free.tv) , and new licensing models such as royalty free music.
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
Creative Commons Music licensing and Royalty Free Music licensing can often be easy to confuse – aren’t they doing the same thing after all? Whilst that’s sometimes the case, there can be important differences in the details, so it’s always good advice to check the license terms carefully whichever method is being used.
Creative Commons Music
So what is Creative Commons about anyway? Creative Commons Music is a simple way for artists and musicians to license their music for other people to use in various ways, by choosing a ready-made Creative Commons license. This license will allow for the music to be used in various ways described in the license. The idea is that because it encourages people to use and distribute music easily, so the musician or artist gets to have their music heard by a wider audience. But it’s still easy to get confused – some people think that Creative Commons means it’s OK to use a piece of music however they like, which is usually not the case. There are many different types of Creative Commons Music licenses, so it’s always important to check out exactly what the license terms are. You can see the full details of Creative Commons licensing at creativecommons.org.
Royalty Free Music Licensing
Our composers at www.royalty-free.tv also license their music directly, but as Royalty Free Music. We’re sometimes asked if that’s also the same as licensing under Creative Commons. The short answer is that it’s not exactly the same, but there are some similarities. For example, our royalty free music license does allow the music to be used in many ways, such as TV or video soundtracks, music on hold, podcasts to name but three (for the full list check out our royalty free music license). So would it be easier all round to use a regular Creative Commons license instead? We don’t believe so, simply because there’s no advantage to be gained. Creative Commons is essentially off-the-shelf licensing for creators to license their work easily. Our license is custom-designed to meet the needs of media producers, so it’s actually easier for us to use our own license instead .
Creative Commons Music vs Royalty Free Music
Does this mean we don’t agree with Creative Commons, or that we think it’s not a good idea? Of course not! We think Creative Commons music licensing can be a great way for artists to spread and promote their music, whilst still controlling their rights, and anything that helps artists and musicians has got to be a good thing 🙂 Likewise, royalty free music licensing is a simple way to license music directly to media producers and people who need music for their own creative projects. There is no “one cap fits all” solution to music licensing, it’s important to choose the license that works best for the uses that you need.
Monday, June 20th, 2011
Public Domain Music
People often assume that because a piece of music is very old, and everyone knows it well enough to hum the tune, then it’s in the public domain and is OK for anyone to use as they choose. It’s an easy mistake to make, but it could be costly if you include the wrong music in your media project and assume it’s Public Domain Music when it isn’t. So how do you make sure you only pick music that’s safe to use, when you want public domain music?
Music has various rights attached to it, known as copyrights. Public Domain Music is simply music that has has no rights attached to it. This could be because the rights have expired over time, it could be that the rights over has placed the work into the public domain. It could even be that the rights never existed, for example if a folk song was created way back in the mists of time and no-one knows by whom. So what are the rights to look out for with music, before we can be sure a piece of music is in the public domain?
1 – the authors, i.e. the composers who wrote the music, and the lyricists who wrote the words.
2 – the publisher, who will have a share in the rights, usually alongside the authors
3 – the Mechanical rights. If a public domain song is released on CD, the fact it’s an old song doesn’t mean the recording is Public Domain – copyright exists in the CD recording too.
For a piece of music to be considered as public domain music, each of those rights must not be active.
Safe Public Domain Music
So if you’re looking for some public domain music, let’s say a classical work for example, there are a few points to consider. Firstly can you assume the author’s copyrights have expired? With an old composer (Mozart, Beethoven etc.) that’s not a problem. But remember that copyright exists for many years after the composer dies, so a composer who died in the 20th century will still have copyright present on their work. Next, publishing, surely with Mozart this wouldn’t be a problem? Usually not, but many classical pieces are published as written arrangements, and publishing copyrights may well exist in those arrangements. Finally the mechanical rights, and why you can’t just use a CD of your favourite symphony orchestra! Copyright exists in the actual recording (the master recording you hear on the CD), so it’s not possible to use that particular recording, even though the composer’s rights may have expired long ago.
So what’s the solution to our classical music problem? The best is to use a recent royalty free music recording, where the mechanical rights have been licensed directly for royalty free distribution. There are many websites with such music (including www.royalty-free.tv).
Monday, June 20th, 2011
As well as having 1000’s of full-length royalty free music tracks, we also
have a great range of royalty free music loops, including some free music loops
for you to try.
What Are Music Loops?
Music loops are a simple way to take a short piece of music and make it last
a whole lot longer. So what exactly is a “music loop”? Put simply, it’s a short
piece of music that can be repeated over and over. The clever part is that the
music loop is designed to do this seamlessly, in other words you won’t be able
to hear the join (as a gap or even a click), instead you hear one long continuous
music track. A typical use of a royalty free music loop would be in the soundtrack
to a video. In video editing software, it’s simple to take the music loop file,
and lay several copies of it end-to-end in the soundtrack. As the video plays,
the music loop gets played over again, making a smooth continuous soundtrack.
Free Music Loops
There are many places to buy music loops on the web, including royalty free
music loops from websites like our own www.royalty-free.tv. We also have free
music loops to download and try, just so you can see how easy they are to use.
Our free music loops are available if you visit http://www.royalty-free.tv/rftv/free_mp3.htm
Why Use Music Loops?
One of the main reasons to use a music loop instead of a full length piece
of music is because the file size is very much smaller. This can be used to
great advantage where bigger file sizes would be a problem, for example as music
on a Flash website. A longer piece of music might take some time to buffer and
load in a Flash animation, but a royalty free music loop can be ready to start almost instantly
because it’s so much quicker to download.
Where To Find More Music Loops
It’s easy to find more music loops by visiting http://www.royalty-free.tv/rftv/frameset.htm
and selecting “loops” from the dropdown “length” menu you’ll see on the left
of the screen. Click “Search!” and you can choose from the many hundreds of
royalty free music loops we have available – have fun!
Friday, January 21st, 2011
One of the questions we get asked often is “Can I use your music on my video and upload it to Youtube?”. The quick answer is “Yes!” that’s no problem at all, even if your video is for commercial purposes.
At www.royalty-free.tv we specialise in providing premium quality music to accompany visuals, so Youtube is one place where our music is widely used. Our license terms are simple, affordable and include using music on Youtube and similar video sites, check them out at royalty free music license.
We also suggest that it’s good practice with any music on Youtube to put a credit in the text accompanying your video. Why? Simply because Youtube likes to know where your music comes from, and having a written credit will help it work that out. Something plain like “Music licensed by www.royalty-free.tv, Track Title: “Music Song”, Composer: “John Doe” is sufficient. This can be placed right at the end of any other descriptive text you have with your video, so it’s not in the way of anything else you want to say.
We have 1000’s of music files to choose from, dozens of music styles, all premium quality. So that’s it – plain and simple, please go ahead and use our music on Youtube 🙂
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
As a supplier of royalty free music files (www.royalty-free.tv) we’re often asked what’s the simplest way to convert audio files from one format to another. For example you may have bought a tune online in MP3 and you want to edit it, but your editing software needs the file to be in a WAV format. It’s easy to convert them using freely available software, here are our favourite 2 software packages to use:
1 – iTunes: available as a free download for Mac and PC, will convert one of your music tracks (or even several) to any of the following formats – MP3, AAC, AIFF, WAV. Here’s how – if you’re using a Mac select iTunes menu>Preferences, or if using Windows select Edit menu>Preferences. Now click the Advanced button, then the Importing button at the top of the window. On the Import Using pop-up menu, choose the encoding format that you want to convert the song to, then click OK to save the settings. Select one or more songs in your library, select Advanced menu, choose the audio format you want to convert your music file into. iTunes is availble free from http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/
2 – Audacity: free audio editing software, that’s also really useful for converting audio files from one format to another. It supports WAV, AIFF, MP3 and OGG VORBIS formats, and it’s really as simple as loading the file you want, then selecting the menu File>export as, choosing either WAV, AIFF, OGG or MP3 to save and convert the file into. You can additionally select the quality of each of these audio file formats by selecting “file formats” from the preference menu. Using this you can increase or decrease the quality and size of your new format music file, if you choose to. Audacity is available free to download at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/