Why did I receive a copyright claim on my video?

Youtube Content ID and Facebook Copyright Identification are digital fingerprinting systems that we use to manage and administer our copyright content and identify unauthorised uses.

If you have purchased our royalty free downloads then you need to send us links so that we can white list your Youtube/Facebook videos.

You may receive automated copyright claims against your videos if you don’t send us the links. These are not copyright strikes and it is nothing to worry about, your videos will not be removed.

If you have a purchase receipt, no problem, we will white list your videos and remove any copyright claims. Fill out this form or email licensing@freevocals.com

Alternatively, if you do receive a claim on your Youtube video you can submit a dispute and provide evidence of your order number of licence reference and we will remove the claim.

Why did I receive copyright claim on my video?

Youtube Content ID and Facebook Copyright Identification are digital fingerprinting systems that we use to manage and administer our copyright content and identify unauthorised uses.

You may receive automated copyright claims against your videos if you are just uploading them for promotion. These are not copyright strikes and it is nothing to worry about, your videos will not be removed.

If you have licensed our free downloads for commercial use then you need to send us links so that we can white list your Youtube/Facebook videos.

If you have a licence reference, no problem, we will white list your videos and remove any copyright claims. Fill out this form or email licensing@freevocals.com

Alternatively, if you do receive a claim on your Youtube video you can submit a dispute and provide evidence of your order number of licence reference and we will remove the claim.

What is Content ID?

Youtube Content ID and Facebook Copyright Identification are digital fingerprinting systems that we use to manage and administer our copyright content and identify unauthorised uses.

If you have purchased our royalty free downloads or licensed our free downloads for commercial use then you need to send us links so that we can white list your Youtube/Facebook videos.

You may receive automated copyright claims against your videos if you don’t send us the links. These are not copyright strikes and it is nothing to worry about, your videos will not be removed.

If you have a licence reference or purchase receipt, no problem, we will white list your videos and remove any copyright claims. Fill out this form or email licensing@freevocals.com

Are custom vocals exclusive?

Yes, all of our custom vocals packages are exclusive. These vocal recordings are not shared with anyone else or made available to download on the website. You pay for them so only you can use them.

How does the custom vocals service work?

You can see our packages, prices and how the service works here – freevocals.com/custom-vocals

1 – Decide

Which vocalist is suitable for your track? Which custom vocals package do you need? Do you need the vocalist to write original material or record from guide vocals/lyrics? Do you want to share the royalties from sales or buy out the vocal recordings? Just ask us for more information if you need advice and we will be happy to help.

2 – Deadlines

If you have a deadline for the vocal recording, let us know and we will advise if the vocals can be provided in that timescale. Every project is different and there may be a waiting list.

3 – Discuss

Fill out the contact form or email studio@freevocals.com and we will reply within 24 hours. We can answer your questions and discuss agreements and recording fees. There’s no obligation to proceed until you’re ready and we’re happy to work within your deadlines. Please provide detailed instructions if you have any specific requirements for your project.

4 – Record

Original Vocals: We need your audio track as an .mp3, or .wav file. If you have any specific ideas or references for inspiration, then send them in your instructions but our vocalists can write for you from scratch if you need.

Specific vocals with guidance: We need the audio track as an .mp3, or .wav file with guide vocals and/or lyrics (Please provide guide vocals on a separate track) Note: you must have proof of clearance to use any copyright material, for example if you want us to record a cover of a copyright work.

You will be sent an invoice for a 50% deposit before our vocalists start recording: Payment is accepted via PayPal or BACS payment.

5 – Reasonable Changes

You will be emailed an initial mp3 demo for your approval. Then we can discuss any reasonable changes that you need and the vocals will be adjusted as necessary. Some examples of unreasonable changes would be changing the backing track, bpm or the key after the finalised instructions or requesting changes in dynamics or style that were not originally specified. Please be as detailed as possible with your instructions and listen to examples of the vocalists voice to make sure they are suitable for your track. Our vocalists only accept custom vocals projects that they feel confident they will be able to deliver quality vocals for.

6 – Final Take

When the vocals have been finalised, they will be sent to you by email as raw/dry 24Bit .wav files after the final payment is received.

Can I get an exclusive licence?

If you use our non-exclusive Free or Royalty Free Downloads, 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.

We do offer Exclusive Royalty Free Downloads and as soon as someone buys them, they are removed from the website. You can check if we have any available here – freevocals.com/exclusive-acapellas

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

What does non-exclusive mean?

Our Free and Royalty Free Downloads are provided on a non-exclusive basis. This means that anyone can download them and licence them for commercial use, subject to our terms and conditions.

We do offer Exclusive Royalty Free Downloads and as soon as someone buys them, they are removed from the website. You can check if we have any available here – freevocals.com/exclusive-acapellas

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

Can I use Royalty Free Downloads for a commercial release?

Yes you can. You can read the full EULA here – End User Licence Agreement ‐ Royalty Free Downloads

Permitted Uses:

You can use the Acapellas in any commercial audio/visual production, such as a sound recording, audio download, film, television or video programme, animation, advertisement, website, CD or DVD-ROM, video game, software product or other media or multimedia production, without paying any royalties, licence fees, or any other fees to freevocals.com or third parties, subject to the following restrictions:

Restrictions on Use:

> You may not distribute the Acapellas independently of a Production as “standalone” Acapellas.
> You may not cause or allow the Acapellas to be electronically transmitted or available to file sharing networks.
> You must obtain permission to feature the Vocalists name in the title of the Production (example: Production Title featuring “Vocalist name”) Apply for permission here – freevocals.com/licensing or email licensing@freevocals.com
> You may not contact the Vocalists directly to request permission to feature the Vocalists name in the Production Title. The Licensee must complete a licence application through freevocals.com.

What is a Music Publisher?

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.

What is a Record Label/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.

What is copyright?

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.

What does EULA mean?

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.

Why do I need permission to feature a vocalists name?

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

What is non-profit or educational use?

Non-profit use is where there is no potential to make money. For example, if you upload your track to Soundcloud to showcase your work, or upload it to Youtube (without advertising monetization). You can send your track incorporating our vocal recordings (but not the standalone vocal recording) to Record Labels to see if they are interested in commercially releasing your remix. If the label is interested in a commercial release, you or the record label must apply for a licence before it is released.

Educational use is where private individuals use our vocal recordings to learn and practice music production and there is no potential to make money.

With either of these uses, https://freevocals.com MUST be credited in the description when the remix is uploaded (e.g. “Acapella downloaded from https://freevocals.com“) or you can include a link to the acapella that you downloaded from our website.

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

Are Free Downloads "Royalty Free"?

No, Free Downloads are not Royalty Free. You will need to apply for a licence if you want to commercially release a track that incorporates our free downloads. Please click here to read the full > EULA

Free Downloads must be licensed from freevocals.com for commercial use 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

Which EULA applies to my downloads?

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

What happens if I provide a fake name or address?

We review all accounts. If you provide a fake name or address your account will be blocked and you will be unable to download the acapellas. This is not an anonymous download service. You are licensing Copyright Protected Acapella Downloads from freevocals.com. If you are concerned about providing personal information, you can read our Privacy Policy

Can I do whatever I want with Free Downloads, no restrictions?

Our Free Downloads can be used for non-profit promotion & educational use but need to be licensed for commercial use. There are a number of restrictions on what you can do with them so you’re not “free to do whatever you want with them”. All Acapellas available from freevocals.com are licensed, not sold by freevocals.com, to you, the Licensee. freevocals.com remains at all times either the owner or Licensor of the Acapellas. freevocals.com grants to you, the Licensee through the EULA’s (End User Licence Agreements) certain limited, non‐exclusive worldwide rights.

Please read the terms and conditions carefully. If you do not understand or do not agree to the End User Licence Agreements (EULA’s) then you may not download and use the acapellas.

We want to inspire you and make professional acapellas available to everyone. Please respect our copyright.

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

Can you give me a vocalists personal email?

We know that producers and record labels like to contact our vocalists directly. As the vocalists publisher, we have a responsibility to deal with their correspondence and licensing. You won’t be able to licence the vocal recordings from the vocalists anyway, so we’re the people you need to talk to. We can’t give out personal email addresses.

What relationship does Free Vocals have with the vocalists?

We’re a tight knit team and have a close relationship with the vocalists that work with us. We don’t provide any acapellas from random illegal sources, only from people that we work with directly. Our vocalists have signed a publishing agreement with Free Vocals, which means we exclusively control 100% of the copyright in the vocal recordings. As the exclusive licensor of the vocal recordings, all commercial licensing needs to go though us. We have a responsibility to protect our vocalists copyright and to deal with their correspondence.

Can I share my acapella downloads with other people?

No! Distributing our stand alone vocal recordings in any way is strictly prohibited. This includes but is not limited to, sharing your download links, emailing the files, uploading the files to sharing networks such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Sendspace etc, transferring the files to an external hardrive and giving them to someone.

Our vocal recordings must be downloaded from our website, so that the person using them has agreed to our End User Licence Agreements.

My files didn't finish downloading, what can I do?

Our free downloads are limited to 3 downloads each (to allow for possible server time outs) and expire within 24 hours. If your files didn’t finish downloading, try downloading one file at a time and let them complete before downloading the next one. If you try to download multiple files at the same time your files may time out (not complete). If you are using download manager software, try disabling it as multiple requests to our server will use up your download limit. If you keep having problems then email support@freevocals.com and our support team will try to assist you. There are some factors that may be outside of our control, for example, if you have a slow internet connection or weak Wifi signal.

If you purchased our royalty free downloads, your downloads didn’t complete and you reached the download limit then email support@freevocals.com our support team will increase your download limit. Royalty Free downloads never expire but have a download limit to prevent link sharing. If you’ve lost the files you previously downloaded and need your download limit increased, just ask support and we’ll be glad to help.

What audio format are the acapellas?

We supply professionally recorded, 24 bit, 44.1 kHz .wav files. These are provided in .zip format and need to be unzipped before you import them into your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)

Why do the Royalty Free acapellas have a metronome?

Like most audio download websites, our acapellas have an audio “watermark” to prevent people ripping them from Soundcloud or our website without buying them and agreeing to our terms and conditions. The “watermark” is not on the .wav files that you download, it’s only on the preview audio.

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