Winter Holiday Notice!

By DL Sounds on Dec 15, 2017 in News/Blog - 0 Comments


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!

What does royalty-free (music) mean?

By DL Sounds on Dec 07, 2017 in News/Blog - 0 Comments

We get daily questions about the term royalty-free on our YouTube channel, like:

How is this royalty free if you are asking people to buy a license?
wait but when you click the link its not free.. ? im so confused :(((
Free?? it’s not even free!!


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.

What Does Royalty Free Mean?

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:

  • Where the material is used
  • How often the material is used
  • The type of usage

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.

Royalty Free in Photography and Illustration

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.

Usage of Royalty Free Material

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:

  • The material can’t be used to create another commercial work that will be sold.
  • The material can’t be transformed in any way. In other words, you can only use the material “as is”.
  • The material can only be used in certain places.

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.

Royalty Free vs. Copyright Free

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.

Summer Vacation!

By DL Sounds on Aug 06, 2017 in News/Blog - 1 Comment

After another year of hard work, DL Sounds is having a three week summer vacation.

There will be less support from August 7 to 28 of August.

We wish a relaxing summer for all our customers and partners!

Compilation CD’s against our LA!

By DL Sounds on Jul 14, 2017 in News/Blog - 0 Comments

Dear Creatives,

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.

Thank you!

Gmail is sending our emails to spam folder

By DL Sounds on May 06, 2017 in News/Blog - 0 Comments

Dear Gmail users,

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.

Thank you!

Securring DL Sounds! Safe Web Browsing.

By DL Sounds on Jan 21, 2017 in News/Blog - 0 Comments

This weekend our server will migrate from http to https.

Next time you visit you’ll see a green lock and https:// in the address bar instead of http://.
This lets you know that you are really on (our server identity is confirmed) and that your communication with our server is secured and private. 🙂

If you have any problem accessing any of dl-sounds content after the migration, please report here.

Happy Holidays!

By DL Sounds on Dec 21, 2016 in News/Blog - 0 Comments

We from DL Sounds wanted to wish everyone happy holidays along with a good new year, and a great start into next year’s season!

See you all in 2017!

Away Notice

By DL Sounds on Nov 15, 2016 in News/Blog - 0 Comments

We will be away from 16 to 23 November 2016.

During this period of time, we may not have access to the internet. Kindly allow us to get back to you as soon as possible.

Subscription problems Fixed!

By DL Sounds on Oct 14, 2016 in News/Blog - 2 Comments

Subscribing and instant activation is working fine now.

We thank you for your patience!

Registration/Subscription problems

By Pascal Tatipata on Oct 13, 2016 in News/Blog - 0 Comments

We are having some problems with instant activations after the payment process. The script is delaying the approval process with 2 or even 6 hours.

We are trying to fix this a.s.a.p.

Sorry for any inconvenience!

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