General

The Music Creator

  • The Music Creator is the term Firstdub use for the individual, group of individuals or organisation which has uploaded music
  • Multiple Music Creators working together can create a single Profile Page
  • Music Creators can have more than one Profile Page, one has an individual and one has part of a group or production team
  • The Music Creator retains full ownership, copyright and control of their music
  • The Music Creator 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 Player

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 Player

  • Music Creators should think carefully before selling a recording as an Exclusive

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

  • Music Creators set their sale prices, so prices will vary
  • Prices are in UK Pounds, Euros or US Dollars
  • Hold the mouse in the Buy column in the Music Player to see the sale price

£250 Prize Draw for Music Creators

  • Subcription is completed when a Music Creator has uploaded at least one instrumental or song
  • It is a Free Prize Draw and all Music Creators will be automatically entered (free and paid subscribers)
  • This Free Prize Draw closes on 1st September 2018
  • One winner will be selected at random and receive a cash prize of £250
  • The winner will be notisfied by email on the 15th October 2018

Music Creators

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
  • But, Paid subscribers receive 100% of the sale price

Do Music Creators Get Paid instantly And How Much

  • Yes
  • PayPal instantly transfers payment direct to the Music Creator

  • Free subscribers receives 70% of the sale price
  • Paid subscribers receive 100% of the sale price

  • Music Creators can also recieve Publishing Royalties Payments

Does Firstdub Own Or Have Any Rights To The Music

  • No
  • The Music Creator 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 Player
  • The mp3 files are automatically created and digitally voiced tagged from the uploaded music files

The Music Player

  • The Music Player is HTML5 and compatible on smart phones, iPads and tablets
  • The Music Player can be shared on any website that allows the pasting of HTML code
  • On Profile Pages, the Music Player displays the music uploaded by that Music Creator
  • The mp3 recordings in the Music Player are for listening and approve purposes only
  • Music from the Music Player can be shared on social media platforms
  • 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 Music Creator 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 Music Creator 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

Deleting Comments

  • Only the Music Creator can delete a comment from their Profile Page
  • To delete a comment, the Music Creator needs to Log in
  • Then click the link to their Profile 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 Upload Page
  • Simply delete all music from our servers and the Profile Page will no longer be displayed in our database
  • For paid subscribers, follow the above steps and select cancel the subscription on the Dashboard within on 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 Music Creator 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 purchased the Music Buyer can synchronize the music with audio and/or video productions without additional synchronization fees
  • Although Royalty Free Music is royalty free to the Music Buyer, Music Creators 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 Music Creator

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 Music Creator to Performance Royalty payments
  • The Music Creator 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 Music Creator has supplied it

  • Firstdub absolves all responsibility in regards to royalties
  • It is the responsibility of the Music Creator 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 The Music Creator Is Not A Member of a Performing Rights Organization (e.g. ASCAP, BMI, PRS, SACEM)

  • Music Creator can still upload music
  • By joining a Performing Rights Organization the Music Creator 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 Music Creator 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 Music Buyer May:-

  • Synchronize with multimedia productions
    e.g. animations, games, apps, film, TV and internet videos

  • Use for radio, internet and television advertising

  • Broadcast on radio and television networks
  • Broadcast on internet websites and radio streams

  • Use for public performance or background music to an audience

  • Add additional sounds and instruments
  • Add vocals (Instrumentals only)
  • Edit by shortening, stretching or looping

  • Use for commercial and non- commercial film productions not exceed £1,000,000
    Productions over £1,000,000 requires an additional license direct from the Music Creator

  • Manufacture, duplicate or sell up to 5,000 units
    Units means products containing the music
    e.g. animations, games, apps, films, TV and internet videos and all other forms of media
    Units over 5,000 will require an additional license direct from the Music Creator

What Happens After Buying A Song Or Instrumental

  • After payment the Music Buyer will receive an email with

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

  • If theTrack-Out is purchased
    1. All of the above and
    2. 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