What is "Completely Royalty Free"?
We are free from Copyright Collecting Societies.
You no need to pay anymore besides us.
There are several types of music libraries. A production music library is a business model based mainly on two sources of income. Synchronization license fees, which are set lower than those for commercial music, and Royalties, which are from Copyright Collecting Societies such as ASCAP and BMI. Because of this, almost all copyrights to the music in any production music library are registered with a Copyright Collecting Society. This requires users of the music to pay a user fee to the Copyright Collecting Society.
Despite having recently observed examples of independent production music libraries indicating they are “royalty free”, their music copyrights are usually registered with a Copyright Collecting Society, requiring a user fee to be paid if the music is used. Is it possible to make this music “Royalty free”? If the music copyright is owned by a Copyright Collecting Society then this is not possible.
The biggest users of music are broadcasting companies. It is the user, not the producer, who is obligated to pay the performance royalty. Thus the broadcasting companies pay the performance royalties. In most cases broadcasting companies have a blanket contract with the Copyright Collecting Society; they pay the Copyright Collecting Society a set fee, regardless what or how many times they use the music.
Since the producers are not required to pay the performance royalty, some library companies claim their music is “royalty free” which is misleading.The license agreement requires the user to submit cue sheets to the Copyright Collecting Society, often detailed in the fine print. Therefore, users may not realize their obligation to pay the Copyright Collecting Society when making use of the music.
Will you be able to use those libraries with peace of mind for the various music applications that are expanding throughout the internet?
What does “completely royalty free” mean?
It simply relates to those music copyrights that are not registered with a Copyright Collecting Society.
Once the procedures with the library company are complete, both the producer and user are free of any obligation to make a payment to a Copyright Collecting Society.
We think that demand is for a completely royalty free production music library since we are in an era where one audio-visual production is used in many countries and media repeatedly.