General

Free Prize Draw Rules

  • Entrees must subscribe to Firstdub by the 1st October 2017
  • Entrees must upload at least one instrumental or song
  • All Producers 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 October 2017

What Is The Producer

  • The Producer is the term Firstdub use for the individual, group of individuals or recording studio which has uploaded music
  • 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 retains full ownership, copyright and control of their music
  • The Producer is entitled to be credited by the Music Buyer in any publishing, distribution, performance of their music

What Is The Music Buyer

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

What Is A Non Exclusive Lease

  • Non Exclusive recordings can be sold more than once
  • Most Songs and Instrumentals are available as a Non Exclusive
  • Non Exclusive recordings are the colour blue in the Music Store

What Is An Exclusive

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

  • Producers should consider carefully the sale price they set
  • Once the recording has been sold as an Exclusive, it cannot be sold again
    i.e The Music Buyer has purchased the Exclusive right to use the recording

What Is A Wav

  • A stereo Wav File of the Song or Instrumental - untagged and 44.100 Hz

What Is A Track-Out (T-Out)

  • A stereo Wav File of the Song or Instrumental - untagged and 44.100 Hz
  • And each of the instruments on their own separate stereo Wav File – untagged and 44.100 Hz

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
  • Hold the mouse over the Wav or T-Out in the Music Store to reveal the sale price

Producers

What Is Required To Upload Music

  • A Photograph
  • A PayPal Account or Bank Account
    For details about payment into a bank account Click Here
  • A stereo Wav File of the Song or Instrumental - untagged and 44.100 Hz
  • For a Track-Out
    A stereo Wav File of the Song or Instrumental - untagged and 44.100 Hz
    And each of the instruments on their own separate stereo Wav File – untagged and 44.100 Hz
  • The name of the composer(s) and their publishing details (This is optional)

Is It Free To Upload Music

  • Yes
  • Free subscribers receives 70% on sales
  • Paid subscribers receive 100% on sales (Subscription is £9.99 per month)

Do Producers Get Paid instantly And How Much

  • Yes
  • PayPal transfers the payments direct to the Producer
  • Free subscribers receives 70% on sales
  • Paid subscribers receive 100% on sales (Subscription is £9.99 per month)
  • Producers are eligible for Publishing Royalties Payments

Does Firstdub Own Or Have Any Rights To The Music Uploaded

  • No
  • The Producer 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 wav files

What is 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 Producer page, the Music Store displays the music uploaded by that Producer
  • 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

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 be displayed in our database
  • For paid subscribers, follow the above steps and select cancel the subscription on the Producer 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 Producer 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 music that has a single or 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, Producers 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 Producer

What is 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 Producer
  • 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

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
    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 Producer
  • All purchased recordings 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 Producer to Performance Royalty payments
  • The Producer 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 Producer

  • 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
  • Songs or Instrumentals not with a Performance Rights Organization do not require a cue sheets to be completed
  • Performance Rights Organization membership details are provided on purchase of a recording when 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 Music Buyer 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

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
  • A Producer 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 Producer 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
  • 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 is entitled to be credited for their version

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 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 Producer
  • 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 Producer

What Happens After Buying A Song Or Instrumental

  • After payment the Music Buyer will receive an email with
    A link to the Licensee Agreement
    The names of copyright owners and their publishing details (where provided)
    And link to download the stereo Wav File of the Song or Instrumental - untagged and 44.100 Hz

  • If theTrack-Out is purchased
    All of the above and
    A link to download each of the instruments on their own separate stereo Wav File – untagged and 44.100 Hz

Can Music Buyers Get A Refund

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