General

What Is The Producer

  • The Producer is the term Firstdub use for the individual, group of individuals or recording studio that has uploaded the Songs and/or Instrumentals
  • Multiple Producers working together can create a single Producer Page
  • Producers can have more than one Producer Page, one has an individual and one has part of a group or production team
  • The Producer owns the copyright of the Songs and/or Instrumentals

What Is The Licensee

  • Is the person(s) or organization which has licensed (purchased) the Music

What Is A Non Exclusive Lease

  • All Songs and Instrumentals are available on a Non Exclusive Lease
  • This means Songs and Instrumentals can be sold more than once
  • Songs and Instrumentals can be used in television and film productions, radio and internets broadcasts and feature in video games
  • The Licensee must acknowledge and credit the Producer on all distributed and published material

What Is A Wav

  • An untagged stereo [16 bit, 44.100 Hz] wav file of a Song or Instrumental uploaded by a certain Producer

What Is A Track-Out (T-Out)

  • An untagged stereo [16 bit, 44.100 Hz] wav file of a Song or Instrumental uploaded by a certain Producer
  • And each of the instruments of that Song or Instrumental on their own separate untagged stereo [16 bit, 44.100 Hz] wav file

Why Are The Sale Prices Different

  • The Producers have the freedom to set the sale price of their music, so prices will vary between Producers
  • Prices are in either UK Pounds, Euros or US Dollars
  • To reveal the price just hold the mouse over the desired Wav or T-Out in the Music Store

Producers

What Is Required To Upload A Song Or Instrumental

  • A Photograph
  • A PayPal Account
  • The music to be uploaded, (wav files only)
  • The name of the composer(s) and their publishing details (This section is optional)

Is It Free To Upload

  • YES, upload for free and receive 70% of the sale price
  • Pay a subscription of £9.99 per month and receive 100% of the sale price

Do Producers Get Instant Payments And How Much

  • Yes
  • PayPal transfers the payments direct to the Producer
  • Firstdub never receives any payments on behalf of the Producers
  • Upload for free and receive 70% of the sale price
  • Pay a subscription of £9.99 per month and receive 100% of the sale price

Does Firstdub Own Or Have Any Rights To Music Uploaded

  • No
  • Producers always maintains the complete rights, ownership and control of their music

Can Producers Upload Music Owned Or Co-Written By Another Person

  • Yes, as long has the Producer has their permission

Can Producers Still Use Their Music For Other Things Or Websites

  • Yes, the Producer still owns and contains full rights and control over their music

How Many Songs Or Instrumentals Can Producers Upload

  • Unlimited, there is no limit

What Music Files Do Producers Need To Upload

  • An untagged stereo [16 bit, 44.100 Hz] wav file for a Song or Instrumental
  • For a Track-Out an untagged stereo [16 bit, 44.100 Hz] wav file of the Song or Instrumental and an untagged stereo [16 bit, 44.100 Hz] wav file for each of the instruments

Are Uploaded Songs And Instrumentals Secure

  • Yes
  • All wav files are stored on an encrypted server
  • Only mp3 files are used in the Music Store
  • The mp3 files are automatically created and digitally voiced tagged from the uploaded wav files

What is The Music Store

  • The Music Store is HTML5 and compatible on smart phones, iPads and tablets
  • The Producer can embed their Music Store on website that allows you to paste HTML code including their own website, blogs and social media websites
  • On individual Producer Pages, the Music Store displays the music uploaded by that Producer
  • The preview mp3 recordings of Songs and Instrumentals in Music Store are for listening and approve purposes only

What Is The Maximum Length Of Songs Or Instrumentals

  • The maximum length should be five minutes

How Does A Producer Cancel Subscription

  • Subscription can be cancelled at any time via the Producer Upload Page, simply delete all music from our servers and the Producer Page will no longer display in our database
  • If the Producer is a paid subscriber, they will need to follow the above steps and select cancel subscription on their Producer Upload Page

What If The Producer’s Monthly Subscription Fee Stop

  • If the monthly subscription payments fails or stops, the Producer’s account will automatically default from paid subscription to the Producer becoming a free subscriber

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 Producer maintains full copyright and ownership
  • The Licensee cannot sell or license a Song or Instrumental to any other party
  • The Licensee have leased the rights to use a Song or Instrumental
  • All Songs and Instrumentals are leased and not sold

What Does Royalty Free Music Mean

  • Royalty Free Music means music that has a single or one-time licensing fee. Once this payment has been paid, the Licensee 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 Licensee, Producers may still receive royalties 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 Producer

What is Profitable Distribution

  • The Licensee has the right to manufacture, duplicate or sell up to 5000 copies without any royalty payment being made
  • Copies means products containing the Song or Instrumental i.e. video games, audio books, apps and all other forms of media
  • Copies over 5000 will require an additional license direct from the Producer
  • This means the Songs or Instrumentals are Royalty Free Music up to the manufacture, duplication or sale of up to 5000 copies

Receiving Royalties and Performance Rights Organizations

  • Any eligible performance of a Song or Instrumental resulting in broadcast, online streaming including live performance may entitle the Producer to Performance Royalty payments
  • The Producer needs to ensure that their music is registered with their Performance Rights Organization so they can receive royalties
  • If the Licensee use a Song or Instrumental in a public performance (such as television, film, radio), the Licensee will need to submit a cue sheet to the appropriate Performance Rights Organization to report the usage
  • A cue sheet identify the copyright owner
  • The Performance Rights Organization will then collect royalties, which will be paid to the Producer

  • There are no additional costs to license (purchased) 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 Licensee
  • Songs or Instrumentals not with a Performance Rights Organization do not require a cue sheets completed
  • When a Song or Instrumental has been licensed (purchased), Performance Rights Organization membership will be provided if the Producer is a member of an organisation

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

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

  • The Producer can still upload music
  • By joining a Performing Rights Organization the Producer is eligible to collect their Performance Royalties
  • Music not with a Performance Rights Organization do not require a cue sheets to be completed
  • When a Song or Instrumental has been licensed (purchased) the Producer will provide their membership details if they are a member of a Performance Rights Organization

What Is A Derivative Work

  • Derivative Work is a work created by editing, modifying, adapting or adding to an already existing work
  • 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
  • The copyright in a derivative work covers only the additions, changes or other new material appearing for the first time in the work. Protection does not extend to the pre-existing Song and Instrumental which is owned by the Producer
  • All Songs and Instrumentals that have been purchased from a Firstdub Music Store and have been modified in any way should be registered as a derivative work

Do Songs Or Instrumentals Contain Unauthorized Samples

  • No
  • All Songs and Instrumentals are recorded using only original sounds and these sounds are made on real instruments and/or virtual instruments
  • If a Producer want to upload music that contains samples, the Producer must be certain the samples are royalty-free and cleared for use, including where necessary securing permission from the copyright owner
  • Any Producer using unauthorized samples will have their profile revoked

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

Are Cover Versions Available

  • Yes
  • A cover version is a new recording of a previously recorded song by someone other than the original musicians or performers
  • Producers must give the correct publishing details in regards to cover versions or they will have their account revoked
  • Royalties always belongs to the copyright owners
  • The Producer can still be credited for this production of the Song or Instrumental

Intellectual Property

  • Firstdub takes a strong stand on protecting the intellectual property and copyright
  • Firstdub will immediately revoke the account of any Producer 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 Producer grants the rights to the Licensee to:-
  • Edit by cutting, stretching, looping etc
  • Create one or more Derivative Works
  • Synchronize with multimedia productions e.g. animations, games, mobile apps, film, TV and internet videos
  • Broadcast on internet websites, radio and cable, satellite and territorial television networks
  • 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 Producer
  • Public performance or background music
  • Manufacture or duplicate up to 5000 copies
  • Copies means products containing the Music e.g. video games, audio books and apps
  • Copies over 5000 require an additional license direct from the Producer

What Happens After Buying A Song Or Instrumental

  • After payment the Licensee will receive an email with a download link for their purchase, a link to the Licensee Agreement and the names of copyright owners and their publishing details
  • If the Licensee has purchased the wav file they will receive a stereo untagged [16 bit, 44.100 Hz] wav file
  • If the Licensee has purchased the Track-Out they will receive a stereo untagged [16 bit, 44.100 Hz] wav file and each of the instruments on their own separate stereo untagged [16 bit, 44.100 Hz] wav file
  • Please note: Some Producers may mix some instruments in stereo, e.g. drums, percussion, guitars and strings

Why Are Some Songs or Instrumentals Wav Files Only

  • The Producer of that music has chosen to only made it available has a wav file
  • Some Songs or Instrumentals are solo compositions so are only available in stereo

Why Are Some Instruments Mixed In Stereo On The Track-Out

  • Some Producers mix some instruments in stereo, e.g. drums, percussion, guitars and strings

Why Are The Sale Prices Different

  • The Producers have the freedom to set the sale price of their music, so prices will vary between Producers
  • All prices are set in UK Pounds, Euros or US Dollars
  • To reveal the price just hold the mouse over the desired Wav or T-Out in the Music Store

What Is An Exclusive Lease

  • Exclusive Leases are where the Licensee have purchased the sole and exclusive rights to the Song or Instrumental
  • If you wish to purchase an Exclusive Lease, please email the full details to us at exclusive@firstdub.com

Can The Licensee Get A Refund On A Song Or Instrumental Purchased

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