Licensing rights are a challenging topic to discuss in the music industry. For top artists, it’s obvious that they have the budget for an entirely exclusive beat that only they can possess and use. That is originality and exclusivity at the highest level. For budding artists, it may be difficult to not break their bank while obtaining exclusive rights to a beat. After all, there are subtle nuances in how exclusive rights to a beat are understood and at luke4pres, we highlight three things you need to know about exclusive rights.
Exclusive Rights Means Exclusive Ownership
Exclusive rights, as the name suggests, means that the beats are exclusive to you. This means that you can use them any way you like. There is literally no limit as to how often and where you utilize the beats. You call the shots, and you own it.
For comparison, there are non-exclusive rights in the beats industry too. Beats with non-exclusive rights do not belong to the artist. Instead, ownership belongs to the producer. This imposes a cap as to how the beats are used, pursuant to the licensing rights agreement. Once the limit is reached, you will need to renew the licensing right unless you decide to purchase exclusive rights to the beats.
Exclusive Rights Are More Expensive
Nothing comes without a price and that applies to exclusivity too. To possess full ownership over that beat, it will cost more than purchasing a lease for a beat. But we know in the music industry that originality puts you ahead in the competition. This explains why people will pay more for the exclusive rights to a beat.
Not All Exclusive Rights Are Equal
It’s helpful to understand the different types of exclusive rights to a beat. There are beats with exclusive rights from the start and beats with exclusive rights at some point. For the former, there are beats that were already exclusive to begin with. They were only purchased once and owned by only one person. No other artist has access to that beat, and no one would be able to use it either. That is exclusiveness on a transcendent level.
For the latter example, there may have been beats that are exclusive now, but they may have been leased before. This means that that same beat may be playing in someone else’s song and soundtrack. In fact, you may have an exclusive right to a beat now, but it may still be used in lease by other people in accordance with the beats licensing agreement. However, you will be relieved to know that once current leases have expired or reached their cap, your current exclusive rights will ensure the beat is no longer leased to other people. This also means that you will retain all the files of the beat, whether Track Stems, MP3, or WAV format.
Why Choose luke4pres?
At luke4pres, we believe that every music artist has a unique identity and message to send through their music. We are available to answer any questions about custom beats so contact us to discover more to create the most perfect custom beat for you.