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Royalty free Music – an easy Guide

Whether you are a blogger or manufacturer, there are a lot of ideas and prejudices about “royalty free music”. In this article I will attempt to describe what the royalty free music is and maybe dispel some of the most common misconceptions.

In essence, royalty free music is a certain type of music licensing. The License allows the buyer to pay for the song once and then use the music as long as they please. They will not have to seek permission or semilar to use it and as long as they play by the rules for the individual license, no one needs to take further action.

In example, you can buy a license for the video on your website. You will pay only the price that is stated on the provider’s site, regardless of whether you have 30 or 100,000 visitors. In addition, you can also use the music along with the video in your physical store. You can play it once a week or 50 times a day for 3 months or 18 years. You still only pay once, and you can use it, as long as you want.

Royalty free music is not free!

It is important to emphasize that royalty free music is not free and there may be some things spelled out in the individual license. This could be that you can not use the track in a musical performance. So one can’t just pick a tune that sounds like Tiesto or Avicii and then sing on it and after that publish it.

Another thing is in relation to the use of music and I mentioned all the benefits and the almost infinite utility model. But there are limits to how far the “trees grow into heaven”. All benefits applies only for the individual track, so do not use the same tune for all your videos unless otherwise specified.

Royalty free music is not the same as Stock Music

Although most royalty free music coming from the stock music libraries such as and – the two types are not the same. A Stock Music Library is a music library that offers music that’s already in stock and is already prepared to license and use. Stock music is usually created for a specific product which can be everything from feature films to television advertising. Many music libraries offer this type of music and some offer music on Royalty basis, where others prefer to offer their music with a “Rights Managed” model or by consumption and size of the area / media, in which this takes place in or through.

Royalty free music is not Copyright free music

Copyright free music simply does not exist. Those who creates a piece of music, automatically owns the copyright to this. So it may well be free to use, but it is not free of copyright. In example is a member of ASCAP / BMI or other similar management unit, he or she is breaking all the rules if, for example they doesn’t declare their work. It is when these tunes are reported in that the artist can receive its payment, if a song luckily ends up in an advertisement on national TV.

Royalty free music is not bad music

Any kind of music can be approved on the sites that offers Royalty free music. Many people still judge Stock music for being something poor. Cheap songs canned by untalented musicians – but that’s not the case today. You have a variety of different styles, music quality at the sites like Pond5 and Audio Jungle is top notch. The time for the amateurish and poorly executed music is over, now everything has to be extremely professionally sounding. Most providers also has a filter or panel before the music piece goes online. This Panel must approve each work, so nothing poorly goes up for sale.

Royalty free music is not necessarily cheap music

Royalty free music can be bought at any price. There is not a price structure that dictates something specific, it’s just a licensing model. You can find royalty free music for 30 bucks. And you can find it for 60 Grand. It has nothing to do with a particular pricing, but rather that this licensing model shouldn’t generate royalties every time music is used. At most of the major sites & suppliers, the songs, however, are available for an affordable price.

Royalty free music is not always Royalty free

Generally, a royalty free music license doesn’t cover “public performances”. The royalties or as mentioned earlier “copyrights” are paid to the composers when their music is performed in public. But these royalties aren’t Your responsibility, but will be paid by the network, that plays / stream or sell’s the music. Copyright organizations as ASCAP and BMI in the US, PRS in the UK – will be paid by the aforementioned network. The Networks will then have to pay back these royalties to the music composers.

But to wrap this up – when you buy the music its royalty free for you.

If you got the time and wanna hear a few examples , you can hear some of the music pieces that we offer thru Pond5, click the button to Listen for free.


 Royalty-Free Stock Video at Pond5


Thanks for reading, I hope you´re inspired // © Michael Kjeldgaard