General

Free Prize Draw Rules

  • Entrees must subscribe to Firstdub by the 1st November 2017
  • Entrees must upload at least one instrumental or song
  • All Artists will have their details automatically entered into the free prize draw
  • Four winners will be selected at random and will each receive a cash prize of £500
  • The winners will be notisfied by email on the 15th November 2017

The Artist

  • The Artist is the term Firstdub use for the individual, group of individuals or organisation which has uploaded music
  • Multiple Artists working together can create a single Artist Page
  • Artists can have more than one Artist Page, one has an individual and one has part of a group or production team
  • The Artist retains full ownership, copyright and control of their music
  • The Artist is entitled to be credited by the Music Buyer in any publishing, distribution, performance of their music

The Music Buyer

  • The Music Buyer is the term Firstdub use for the person(s) or organization which has purchased a recording

Non Exclusive Lease

  • Non Exclusive Lease means a Song or Instrumental can be sold more than once
  • Non Exclusive recordings are the colour blue in the Music Store

Exclusive Lease

  • An Exclusive Lease is where the Music Buyer have purchased the sole and exclusive right to use the recording
  • Songs and Instrumentals sold as an Exclusive can only be sold ONCE
  • Exclusive recordings are the colour orange in the Music Store

  • Artist should think carefully before selling a recording as an Exclusive

What Is A Wav or Mp3

  • The Song or Instrumental available as a stereo music file - Mp3 or Wav

What Is A Track-Out (T-Out)

  • The Song or Instrumental available as a stereo music file - Mp3 or Wav
  • And each of the instruments on their own separate stereo music file

Why Are Sale Prices Different

  • Artist have the freedom to set their own sale price, so prices will vary between Artists
  • Prices are in UK Pounds, Euros or US Dollars
  • Hold the mouse in the Buy column in the Music Store to see the sale price

Producers and Artists

What Is Required To Upload Music

  • A Photograph
  • A PayPal Account or Bank Account
    For details about payment into a bank account Click Here

  • The Song or Instrumental as an untagged stereo music file - Mp3 or Wav

  • For a Track-Out
    The Song or Instrumental as an untagged stereo music file - Mp3 or Wav
    And each of the instruments on their own separate untagged stereo music file

  • The name of the composer(s) and their publishing details (This is optional)

Is It Free To Upload Music

  • Yes
  • Free subscribers receives 70% of the sale price
  • Paid subscribers receive 100% of the sale price
    (Subscription is £9.99 per month)

Money Back Guarantee - Limited Time Only

  • Firstdub is so confidence in its service that we are offering a Full Money Back Guarantee
  • Sign up as a Paid Subscriber (£9.99 per month)
    After one year if you have not earned the annual subscription fee, i.e. £120
    Then Firstdub will refund the £120 annual subscription fee in full.
  • There is only one condition, you must upload at least one Instrumental or Song per month

Do Artist Get Paid instantly And How Much

  • Yes
  • PayPal instantly transfers each sale direct to the Artist

  • Free subscribers receives 70% of the sale price
  • Paid subscribers receive 100% of the sale price
    (Subscription is £9.99 per month)

  • Artist can also recieve Publishing Royalties Payments

Does Firstdub Own Or Have Any Rights To The Music

  • No
  • The Artist retains full ownership, copyright and control of their music

How Secure Is The Uploaded Music

  • All music is stored on encrypted servers
  • Only mp3 files are used in the Music Store
  • The mp3 files are automatically created and digitally voiced tagged from the uploaded music files

The Music Store

  • The Music Store is HTML5 and compatible on smart phones, iPads and tablets
  • The Music Store can be shared on any website that allows the pasting of HTML code
  • On the Artist page, the Music Store displays the music uploaded by that Artist
  • The mp3 recordings in the Music Store are for listening and approve purposes only
  • Non Exclusive recordings are the colour blue
  • Exclusive recordings are the colour orange

Unauthorized Samples

  • Songs or Instrumentals should NOT contain unauthorized samples
  • Songs and Instrumentals are recorded using only original sounds and these sounds are made on real instruments and/or virtual instruments
  • Any Artist which wants to upload music that contains samples, must be certain the samples are royalty-free and cleared for use, including where necessary securing permission from the copyright owner
  • Any Artist using unauthorized samples will have their account revoked

  • Firstdub absolves all responsibility for any copyrighted material uploaded and has no way of knowing if a recording contains unauthorized samples and cannot be held liable for any sampled or falsely presented recordings

Are Cover Versions Available

  • Yes
  • A cover version is a new recording of a previously recorded song or instrumental
  • Artist must give the correct copyright owner details in or they will have their account revoked
  • Royalties always belongs to the copyright owners
  • Artist are entitled to be credited for their recording

Deleting Comments

  • Only the Artist can delete a comment from their Artist Page
  • To delete a comment, the Artist needs to Log in
  • Then click the link to their Artist Page
  • Scroll down to the comment section and delete the unwanted comment

How To Cancel Subscription

  • Subscription can be cancelled at any time via the Artist Upload Page
  • Simply delete all music from our servers and the Artist Page will no longer be displayed in our database
  • For paid subscribers, follow the above steps and select cancel the subscription on the Artist Upload Page

Publishing, Royalties and Royalty Free Music

What Does Copyright Mean

  • Copyright is the term used to describe a number of legal rights that exist in original literary, sound recordings, dramatic and other creative works
  • Under copyright laws these rights are exclusive to the copyright owner and enable the copyright owner to control how their work is used and to prevent unauthorized use
  • The Artist retains full ownership, copyright and control of their music
  • The Music Buyer has purchased the rights to use the recording

What Does Royalty Free Music Mean

  • Royalty Free Music means the music has a one-time licensing fee, i.e. the sale price
  • Once payment has been paid, the Music Buyer is granted the right to synchronize the music with audio and/or video productions an unlimited number of times without additional synchronization fees
  • Although Royalty Free Music is royalty free to the Music Buyer, Artists can still receive royalties payments from radio or television stations via their Performance Rights Organization
  • Royalty Free is not the same as copyright free
  • In the case of royalty free, the copyright of the music is still owned by the Artist

Profitable Distribution

  • The Songs and Instrumentals are Royalty Free Music up to the manufacture, duplication or sale of up to 5,000 units
  • Units over 5,000 will require an additional license direct from the Artist
  • The Music Buyer has the right to manufacture, duplicate or sell up to 5,000 units without additional synchronization fees
  • Units means products containing the music i.e. derivative works, games, audio books, apps and all other forms of media

Derivative Works

  • Derivative Work means any work created from an already existing recording by the editing, modifying, adapting or by adding vocals or additional instruments
  • To be copyrightable, a derivative work must incorporate some or all of a pre-existing work and add new original copyrightable authorship to that work
    e.g. adding vocals to an instrumental
  • The copyright of a derivative work covers only new material appearing for the first time in the work
    Protection does not extend to the pre-existing the recording which is owned by the Artist
  • All recordings purchased from a Firstdub Music Store which are modified in any way should be registered as a derivative work

Receiving Royalties and Performance Rights Organizations

  • Any eligible performance of a Song or Instrumental resulting in broadcast, online streaming and live performance may entitle the Artist to Performance Royalty payments
  • The Artist is aware it is their responsibility to ensure their music is registered with their Performance Rights Organization, in order to receive royalties
  • When the Music Buyer uses the recording in a public performance (such as television, film, radio), the Music Buyer should submit a cue sheet to the appropriate Performance Rights Organization to report the usage
  • A cue sheet identify the copyright owner(s)
  • The Performance Rights Organization will then collect royalties, which are paid to the copyright owner

  • There are no additional costs with purchasing a Song or Instrumental from Firstdub
  • The Performance Royalty payments paid to Performance Rights Organizations are typically paid by the broadcaster and normally not the Music Buyer
  • Recordings not with a Performance Rights Organization do not require a cue sheets to be completed
  • Performance Rights Organization membership details are provided on purchase and where the Artist has supplied it

  • Firstdub absolves all responsibility in regards to royalties
  • It is the responsibility of the Artist to ensure their music has been registered with their Performance Rights Organization
  • It is the responsibility of the Music Buyer to submit a cue sheets and complete the correct required registrations

What If A Artist Is Not A Member of a Performing Rights Organization (e.g. ASCAP, BMI, PRS, SACEM)

  • Artist can still upload music
  • By joining a Performing Rights Organization the Artist is eligible to collect their Performance Royalties

Intellectual Property

  • Firstdub takes a strong stand on protecting the intellectual property and copyright
  • Firstdub will immediately revoke the account of any Artist violating intellectual property
  • Firstdub regularly carry out random inspections of uploaded content to ensure any violations are removed

Buying Music

How Can The Song or Instrumental Be Used

  • The Artist grants the Music Buyer the rights to:-
  • Edit by cutting, stretching, looping etc
  • Create one or more Derivative Works e.g. adding vocals to an instrumental
  • Synchronize with multimedia productions e.g. animations, games, apps, film, TV and internet videos
  • Broadcast on cable, satellite and territorial television networks
  • Broadcast on internet video websites and radio streams
  • Use for radio and television advertising
  • Use in student films and commercial productions, not exceed £1,000,000
    Productions over £1,000,000 requires an additional license direct from the Artist
  • Public performance or background music to paying and non-paying audience
  • Manufacture, duplicate or sell up to 5,000 units
    Units means products containing the music i.e. derivative works, games, audio books, apps and all other forms of media
    Units over 5,000 will require an additional license direct from the Artist

What Happens After Buying A Song Or Instrumental

  • After payment the Music Buyer will receive an email with

  • A link to the Music Buyer's Agreement
    The names of copyright owners and their publishing details (where provided)
    A link to download the purchased music - the untagged stereo Mp3 or Wav file(s)

  • If theTrack-Out is purchased
    All of the above and
    A link to download each of the instruments on their own separate untagged stereo music file

Can Music Buyers Get A Refund

  • Firstdub does not refund purchases unless there is some kind of copyright dispute