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What Can I Use Royalty Free Music For?

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.

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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.

Creative Commons 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

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.

Can I use royalty free music on my website?

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Yes, you can.  All the music on www.Royalty-Free.tv is designed for use on websites, as well as for films and television.

If you are using it as part of a Flash presentation, for example as a website designer using a track to stream behind a client’s website, our Standard license provides the Mechanical licence you need to use the track on a single website.

If you are incorporating our royalty free music into a video, then our Standard license  provides a Mechanical license allowing that Internet Video to be used without restriction, on multiple websites, but it must be streamed, and the track must not be downloadable.  This means that you can post your Internet Video on video-sharing sites, such as YouTube.

You should also check with your local Performance Rights collection agency, to see whether your website needs additional licensing to “broadcast” music.  The situation regarding Performance Rights for online music use is different in each country, and is currently undergoing considerable change.  A list of these Performing Rights Organisations and links to them is available on our site – Performing Rights Organisations.

Our License details are available to read online in full on our Music License Page.

Our music is used by media producers of every kind, from website designers to TV and Movie makers – we have made it easy to search for exactly the music you need.

We hope you enjoy using our site and our music!