We wanted to let everyone know that we will be on a summer break and support will be limited from August 12 to August 26.
Don’t worry though, support for subscribers is available during this time frame.
Some people often use the terms “Copyright Free” and “Royalty Free” interchangeably. However, the terms don’t have identical terms because they cover two separate concepts.
The average person won’t ever experience the differences between these terms. Those that utilize works of art or music for their projects can run into these two concepts, though. Either way, an individual should know these differences in order to protect themselves from the consequences associated with copyright- and royalty-free.
First and foremost, a person needs to understand what a copyright is today. Each country handles copyrights differently, but a general definition does cover most laws. Copyrights provide individuals with intellectual property rights over the things they’ve created. Typically, this applies to artistic works, products, and more. Such intellectual property rights give a person an exclusive window of time to utilize their creation for monetary gain. Nobody can copy their exact work of art or product without facing legal consequences.
On the other hand. a royalty is a payment made to the copyright holder every time a copyrighted material is used. The copyright holder can license its works or products to another entity, charging a royalty for its use. Royalties are negotiated by the copyright holder, but an agreement doesn’t give the secondary user rights to the copyright itself. Under most agreements, individuals may use the things they’ve paid a royalty for without making any modifications or claiming ownership over the item in question.
With this things in mind, copyright free pertains to anything that was copyrighted but no longer holds that designation. Copyrights do expire after a given time, which varies from country to country. The type of work involved will affect the exclusivity period and expiration of that period, too. Also, a copyright owner can negotiate a deal to provide individuals or businesses with a full or partial copyright for their works. Those entities can then utilize those artistic works or other products without fear of repercussions.
When it comes to royalty free content or products, the situation is different from copyright free. The owner of a property licenses it to a licensee that wants to use said property. The two sides can negotiate a deal involving a single payment or other terms. After that deal has been made, that particular property becomes royalty free for the licensee. They are not required to make future payments in order to use a given property for their own purposes. Non-licensees cannot use the property in question without getting a license themselves.
Royalty free agreements often come with various stipulations for licensees, though. For instance, most licensors won’t allow licensees to modify the intellectual property in question. They’re often only allowed to use the property under certain circumstances, such as for advertisements or certain productions. Any breach of contract can result in a revocation of the licence, and the royalty free agreement becomes null and void. Royalty free agreements are often limited in scope as far as the licensees are concerned.
Royalty free agreements don’t result in the copyright transferring over to licensees. In reality, the licensor retains their copyright over that particular property. Copyright free properties that have entered the public domain have no protection from previous copyright holders. Nobody can sue another person for copying a product or artistic work that has had its copyright expired. After these properties enter the public domain, they’re considered free for any and all to use for their own wishes. Such items can even be modified or sold.
The same thing applies in a more limited sense for mutual agreements. If the current copyright holder still holds the copyright or patent, then they can transfer the copyright to another party under certain guidelines. That is, the copyright holder can give a second party limited rights to use their patent or copyright. At this point, the second party owns a part of the copyright, but they don’t own the entire thing themselves.
In the end, royalty free means a licensee can use a work without owning the copyright or paying royalties on a per use basis. Copyright free means the copyright itself has expired or a second party has acquired the right to use that work. These two terms are used interchangeably, but the fact of the matter is that they couldn’t be any more different. Copyrights and royalties cover two different concepts. A copyright protects a licensor that charges a royalty to use intellectual property. Then again, copyright free and royalty free have nothing to do with each other.
We’re sure you have already heard about the new General Data Protection Regulation – a European regulation that was already adopted in 2016, but will be effective from May 25th on.
It’s a early winter holiday here at the DL Sounds office.We will be out of the office from Monday 18 December until Monday January 8th. There will be less new audio during that period and support will be slower than usual.
Have a great holiday and stay safe over the Christmas and New Year period!
We get daily questions about the term royalty-free on our YouTube channel, like:
So, let’s have a look at what royalty-free music really means:
Whether you’re a musician, artist, blogger or business owner, you’ve probably come across the term “royalty free” before. If you’re like most people, you probably assumed that the material was free to use. Confusing as the term may be, royalty free does not mean that the material is free.
First thing’s first, let’s talk about what royalties are. A royalty is a way to earn income from copyrighted work. This may be an image, music or any other type of intellectual property. Recording artists, for example, earn royalties from CD sales. Each time a CD is sold, they earn income.
These are Rights Managed Royalties, and they tend to be very specific regarding:
When images are rights managed, they have a specific, detailed history as to who the image was licensed to, what the purpose of the image was, where it was used, how often and for how long.
When material is royalty free, however, the content is free to use once a license is secured. Typically, there’s a fee to secure the license, but once it’s obtained, the material is generally free to use in perpetuity without having to pay any additional royalty fees.
The term royalty free is often associated with images. Stock photo sites, in particular, offer these types of images. Most offer a subscription-based service that allows users to pay for an image and use it in multiple projects without having to pay additional royalties.
Although there are no royalties charged, royalty free agreements tend to be very specific as far as usage is concerned. For instance, there may be certain stipulations, such as:
Oftentimes, the copyright holder will supply a list of how and where the material can be used. In most cases, royalty free material can be used on websites and in multimedia presentations, but they may also allow usage on commercial material, such as business cards, packing labels, billboards, restaurant decorations, trade show displays and more.
It’s easy to assume that once you obtain the license to royalty free material that you can do whatever you please with it. This is not always the case. Even if you’re allowed to modify or change the material, you still do not own copyright of it. Let’s say, for example, you manipulate a royalty free image. The original copyright holder still retains full copyright of that image even though you’ve manipulated it.
Material is only copyright free if the copyright has expired, or the copyright holder has transferred or given up their rights to the property. And when a copyright holder decides to license their material, they do not give up their copyright when doing so.
Works that are in the public domain are also considered copyright free. These include images created by the United States government. There are also many credible websites that offer public domain images.
It’s important to remember that royalty free is not the same thing as copyright free. It’s also important to remember that just because material is in the public view, it is not necessarily in public domain. Royalty free material simply means that you pay for the initial license, and are then free from paying any additional royalties in the future.
It came to our attention that some of our Atmospheric & Meditation audio appeared on Amazon in commercial compilations CD’s without added audio, spoken words, or any other instrument/audio.
As stated in our license agreement, this is not allowed!
Please read this line in our License Agreement:
“Audio files cannot be copied, resold or distributed as individual files. They can only be resold and distributed as incorporated into a complete production with added audio or visuals.”
While it is not allowed to use our audio on compilation CD’s , we do allow it in certain circumstances.
If you have written permission from us you may ignore this message. If you’re not sure please contact us.
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Many emails we sent (and replies via “contact form”) to Gmail users are going to spam folders.
We are not sure why this is happening.
But for now: Please check your “Spam” folder. If you find our email there, select the confirmation message and click “Not Spam.”
This will help future messages to get through.
This weekend our server will migrate from http to https.
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