Licensing

Fill out our licence application form here – https://freevocals.com/licensing

You can check which EULA applies to your download(s) here – freevocals.com/licensing

Free Downloads have a value of 0.00 on website. If you didn’t pay for them through PayPal, they are not Royalty Free, you can read the EULA here; EULA

Royalty Free Downloads have a value of 0.01 or more on website. If you paid for them through PayPal, they are Royalty Free, you can read the EULA here; EULA

Commercial use is anything where there is potential to make money, such as selling on stores like iTunes, Amazon, Beatport or streaming on services like Spotify (Also including any advertising monetization such as Youtube adverts) – Apply for a licence BEFORE you release your track freevocals.com/licensing

EULA stands for End User Licence Agreement. This agreement outlines the terms and conditions and restrictions that you (the end user) agree to when you download the acapellas from our website.

Copyright is a legal right that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights for its use and distribution. Free Vocals have a publishing agreement with the vocalists and composers and is either the owner or Licensor of the vocal recordings and sound recordings available to download from this website. We own and control the copyright.

There are two separate components of any recording of a musical work: the composition copyright and the sound recording copyright. In most cases, our vocalists and composers have both composed and performed the vocal recordings and sound recordings. They are both the author and performer.

Musical Composition:

The musical composition consists of the written music including any accompanying words. The author of a musical composition is the composer and/or the lyricist. A musical composition can be in the form of sheet music, lyrics sheet or in a sound recording.

Sound Recording:

The sound recording results from combining a series of sounds into a medium that can be played back. The author of a sound recording is the performer(s) whose performance is fixed, the record producer/engineer who processes the sounds and arranges them in the final recording, or both. Copyright in a sound recording is not the same as copyright in the underlying musical composition.

A music publisher (or publishing company) is responsible for ensuring that songwriters and composers receive payment when their compositions are used commercially. Through an agreement called a publishing contract, a songwriter or composer “assigns” the copyright of their composition to a publishing company. In return, the company licenses compositions, helps monitor where compositions are used, collects royalties and distributes them to the composers. They also secure commissions for music and promote existing compositions to recording artists, film and television. Composition copyright is separate from Master recording copyright.

Master recording copyright is typically owned by a record label or record company.

A record label or record company is a brand or trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. They coordinate the production, manufacture, distribution, marketing and promotion of sound recordings and music videos; conduct talent scouting and development of new artists (“artists and repertoire” or “A&R”); and maintain contracts with recording artists and their managers.

All of our downloads are provided on a non-exclusive basis. With the Free Downloads, this means that anyone can download them and licence them for commercial use, subject to our terms and conditions.

If you’re interested in us recording some original, exclusive custom vocals for your project, you can see our packages, prices and how the service works here – freevocals.com/custom-vocals

The production incorporating the vocal recording (your track) will be exclusive to you but the stand alone vocal recording (the acapella) remains non-exclusive. This means that other people will still be able to download and licence the acapella for commercial use.

If you’re interested in us recording some original, exclusive custom vocals for your project, you can see our packages, prices and how the service works here – freevocals.com/custom-vocals

You MUST obtain permission from our licensing team if you want to feature the vocalists name in your remix title (example: featuring “Vocalist Name”) BEFORE you upload it.

Our vocalists only allow their name to be used on certain tracks. This could be because they only want to be associated with certain styles/genres, or there are issues with the quality of the production, or the production has explicit content.

You can request permission to feature a vocalists name in your track title here – freevocals.com/licensing


Still searching for answers? Email your question to licensing@freevocals.com