Exclusive, Non-Exclusive & Custom Music Licensing Agreements

On Beats Central, by default you can offer non-exclusive and exclusive licensing agreements for your beats. In addition to customizing both of these licenses to suit your specific wants and needs, you also have the option of creating custom, tailor-made licensing agreements yourself.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to know the ins and outs of licensing agreements and intellectual property rights to create and modify these licensing agreements. Beats Central guides you through this process with easy-to-fill-out forms that fill in the blanks of each licensing agreement.

To better understand these licenses, though, and to get additional guidance on setting them up, let’s clarify the difference between the licenses and what they mean for you as a creator.

-Selling Music with a Non-Exclusive License-

The most popular licensing option on Beats Central is the non-exclusive license. When you understand what this license entails, you’ll understand why.

A non-exclusive license allows the creator to set terms and conditions for the purchase and use of a piece of intellectual property to an unlimited number of parties.

In other words, if you have a beat you want to sell with a non-exclusive license, you can set the terms to purchasing and using this beat and then go on to sell it to as many rappers or singers as you want, all while making money off of the same beat.

Sounds like a good deal, right? That’s because it is. A non-exclusive license allows you as a creator to get a lot of steam out of a single production. This contrasts with an exclusive license, which is essentially the opposite of a non-exclusive license.

-Selling Music with an Exclusive License-

A beat with an exclusive license usually costs way more than a beat with a non-exclusive license and for obvious reasons.
An exclusive license allows the creator to set terms and conditions for the purchase and use of a piece of intellectual property, but the property can only be sold and owned by one other party.

This means that if you have a beat with an exclusive license, whoever you sell the beat to will then own that beat and you can’t sell it to anyone else. This is why this type of license usually costs more, because it’s a one-time sale and that’s it.

While this significantly limits how long you can continue profiting off a single production, it does have its benefits, namely if you’re selling a beat to a high-profile artist or if you’re getting way more money for this one license than you would if you tried selling it for cheaper with a non-exclusive license.

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-Beats Central Team

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