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Licensing Information – Detailed Terms & Conditions

Free Downloads

Free Downloads are delivered as mixed, tagged, low quality MP3 files and a contract/invoice, stating the rights of use and details of purchase. These downloads of any beat produced by Valentine Beats do not include any artistic, commercial or profitable rights to the beat. They can only be used for listening purposes or non-profitable projects, meaning only for demonstrational tracks. You are allowed to upload your track(s) (recorded over free downloaded beats) on community sites like YouTube, Soundcloud, Reverbnation, Facebook or Soundclick, etc., but for demonstrational use only! When being uploaded or presented, credit has to be given in written form to ‘Valentine’ (example: Beat by Valentine – ValentineBeats.com) (e.g. in the song description or song title). Publishing the track(s) on a free mixtape is only allowed if it’s for promotional and strictly non-profitable purpose. If you want to put your song on an album, manufacture physical copies, or sell your music in any form you need to purchase at least a Basic Leasing License or a higher License which is appropriate for your needs. The meaning of free downloads is to record a song for yourself, to do first pre-recordings and to see if the beat works well with your vocals and if it’s worth to make an investment in one of the license types. It is not allowed to make any kind of profit with free download versions. No DVD-, no CD-, no TV-, no radio-streams or airplay allowed! No performing with our beats at live shows or concerts, even if it’s a non-profitable event and no monetization of videos or any form of audio is allowed. Do not post our beats for download on a website without your vocals over the beat. Furthermore, it is not allowed to change or rearrange the beat in any way, shape or form or remove any of the used tags or blend out parts of the beat (beat-drops). Copying, distributing, uploading or ripping any audio material (e.g. beat, tag, sounds, instruments, drums, etc.) in any form other than allowed in this agreement is strictly prohibited and won’t be tolerated at any time! Downloading a tagged beat does not reserve rights to the beat for any form of future licensing. Disobeying these rules will likely face a law suit for copyright infringement.

 

Basic Lease – $19.95

A Basic Leasing license (non-exclusive) comes as a mixed, untagged 320 kbps MP3 file and a contract/invoice, stating the rights of use and details of purchase. The Licensor grants the Licensee the right to record vocal and/or instrumental synchronization to any or all parts of the Instrumental. The Licensee understands that their non-exclusive usage of the Instrumental is limited to one new composition/recording and if the Licensee wishes to use the Instrumental in other new compositions, then the Licensee must obtain another license to use the Instrumental from the Licensor. The Licensee also agrees to refrain from editing the Instrumental, by changing the arrangement of the Instrumental or by removing any melodies, instruments, drum programming or sounds that are contained within the Instrumental.
The Licensee is allowed to use the Master Recording for one (1) single profitable/commercial use (e.g. album, EP, single or mixtape or YouTube videos) on any physical or digital medium such as CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, VHS videos, USB-Sticks and all other forms of media or digital sales (e.g. itunes, google-play, amazon, spotify, etc.) with a circulation of up to two thousand five hundred (2,500) sales units, all 100% royalty-free. If this point of sale is reached and/or further sales are desired, further rights with a new sales cap need to be obtained with a new license or license upgrade. If the beat is no longer available and offered for any form of licensing and/or marked as sold, license owners of any type of non-exclusive rights may upgrade their current license to the highest available non-exclusive license such as an unlimited licenese. If exclusive rights are no longer available, this does not affect license owners from being allowed to upgrade their non-exclusive license(s) to the highest form of non-exclusive license(s). Once Licensee has reached the allowed number of sales and any other limits concerning his license agreement, no more sales can be made after the sales cap is reached. Licensee expressly agrees to remove his song from any marketplaces, stores, etc. to avoid the song from being sold or monetized continuously. Licensee may also use the beat (or song) for non-profit promotional use or demos (mixtapes). Furthermore, Licensee is not allowed to get radio-, video- or television-airplay or to perform the song on live-performaces/shows (profit or non-profit) with a basic leasing rights license. For this purpose Licensee must own exclusive rights to the beat, a premium lease, premium trackouts or an unlimited license.

 

Premium Lease – $34.95

A Premium Leasing license (non-exclusive) comes as a mixed, untagged 16-bit WAV file and a contract/invoice, stating the rights of use and details of purchase. The Licensor grants the Licensee the right to record vocal and/or instrumental synchronization to any or all parts of the Instrumental. The Licensee understands that their non-exclusive usage of the Instrumental is limited to one new composition/recording and if the Licensee wishes to use the Instrumental in other new compositions, then the Licensee must obtain another license to use the Instrumental from the Licensor. The Licensee also agrees to refrain from editing the Instrumental, by changing the arrangement of the Instrumental or by removing any melodies, instruments, drum programming or sounds that are contained within the Instrumental.
The Licensee is allowed to distribute the Master Recording for two (2) profitable/commercial uses (e.g. album, EP, single or mixtape) on any physical or digital medium such as CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, VHS videos, USB-Sticks and all other forms of media or digital sales (e.g. itunes, google-play, amazon, spotify, etc.) with a circulation of up to five thousand (5,000) sales units, all 100% royalty-free. Besides these allowed sales units (physical or digital song sales) which count as 1 profitable project, the customer/Licensee is allowed to use the beat(s) for 1 further profitable project, either for public performances such as profitable live shows, or for monetized (profitable) videos (e.g. youtube, etc.). Licensee is allowed to earn up to $1000 in total through either live shows or monetized videos. Licensee may not split earnings for both types of public performances, only 1 type of public performance is allowed! Once Licensee has reached the limit of his allowed sales units and allowed total earnings, and/or further sales are desired, further rights with a new sales cap need to be obtained with a new license or license upgrade. If the beat is no longer available and offered for any form of licensing and/or marked as sold, license owners of any type of non-exclusive rights may upgrade their current license to the highest available non-exclusive license such as an unlimited license, etc. If exclusive rights are no longer available, this does not affect license owners from being allowed to upgrade their non-exclusive license(s) to the highest form of non-exclusive license(s). Once Licensee has reached the allowed number of sales and any other limits concerning his license agreement, no more sales can be made after the sales cap is reached. Licensee expressly agrees to remove his song from any marketplaces, stores, etc. to avoid the song from being sold or monetized continuously.The Licensee is not allowed to get radio-, video- or television-airplay (profit or non-profit) with a premium leasing rights license. For this purpose Licensee must own exclusive rights to the beat or premium trackouts. Licensee may also use the beat(s) (or song) for non-profit promotional use or demos (mixtapes).

 

Premium Trackouts – $59.95

A Premium Trackouts license (non-exclusive) comes as a mixed, untagged 16-bit WAV file, the WAV trackouts (separated WAV tracks) and a contract/invoice, stating the rights of use and details of purchase. The Licensor grants the Licensee the right to record vocal and/or instrumental synchronization to any or all parts of the Instrumental. The Licensee understands that their non-exclusive usage of the Instrumental is limited to one new composition/recording and if the Licensee wishes to use the Instrumental in other new compositions, then the Licensee must obtain another license to use the Instrumental from the Licensor. The Licensor has full rights to record, alter, mix the Instrumental in any shape, way, or form (except reselling the Instrumental).
The Licensee is allowed to use the Master Recording for three (3) profitable/commercial uses (e.g. album, EP, single or mixtape) on any physical or digital medium such as CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, VHS videos, USB-Sticks and all other forms of media or digital sales (e.g. itunes, google-play, amazon, spotify, etc.) with a circulation of up to ten thousand (10,000) sales units, all 100% royalty-free. Besides these allowed sales units (physical or digital song sales) which count as 1 profitable project, the customer/Licensee is allowed to use the beat(s) for 2 further profitable projects, either for public performances such as profitable live shows, radio-/video- or television-airplay or for monetized (profitable) videos (e.g. youtube, etc.). Licensee is allowed to earn up to $2,500 in total through live shows or monetized videos. Licensee may split earnings for both types of public performances and decide himself how he wants to use his total earnings limit for the 2 types of public performances that are allowed! If Licensee decides to not sell his song under use of the allowed sales units as 1 profitable project, Licensee may instead double his allowed total earnings limit for public performances that is defined in his license (this results in $5,000 total earnings for Premium Trackouts Rights through public performances). In this case Licensee waives his rights to sell his music as physical or digital copies. Once Licensee has reached the limit of his allowed sales units and allowed total earnings, and/or further sales are desired, further rights with a new sales cap need to be obtained with a new license or license upgrade. If the beat is no longer available and offered for any form of licensing and/or marked as sold, license owners of any type of non-exclusive rights may upgrade their current license to the highest available non-exclusive license such as an unlimited license. If exclusive rights are no longer available, this does not affect license owners from being allowed to upgrade their non-exclusive license(s) to the highest form of non-exclusive license(s). Once Licensee has reached the allowed number of sales and any other limits concerning his license agreement, no more sales can be made after the sales cap is reached. Licensee expressly agrees to remove his song from any marketplaces, stores, etc. to avoid the song from being sold or monetized continuously. Licensee may also use the beat(s) (or song) for non-profit promotional use or demos (mixtapes).

 

Unlimited – $149.95

An Unlimited license (non-exclusive) comes as a mixed, untagged 16-bit WAV file, the WAV trackouts (separated WAV tracks) and a contract/invoice, stating the rights of use and details of purchase. The Licensor grants the Licensee the right to record vocal and/or instrumental synchronization to any or all parts of the Instrumental. The Licensee understands that their non-exclusive usage of the Instrumental is limited to one new composition/recording and if the Licensee wishes to use the Instrumental in other new compositions, then the Licensee must obtain another license to use the Instrumental from the Licensor. The Licensor has full rights to record, alter, mix the Instrumental in any shape, way, or form (except reselling the Instrumental).
The Licensee is allowed to use the Master Recording for unlimited profitable/commercial uses (e.g. album, EP, single or mixtape) on any physical or digital medium such as CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, VHS videos, USB-Sticks and all other forms of media or digital sales (e.g. iTunes, Google-Play, Amazon, Spotify, etc.) with unlimited sales units, all 100% royalty-free. Besides these allowed sales units (physical or digital song sales), the customer/licensee is allowed to use the beat(s) for further profitable projects, either for public performances such as profitable live shows, radio-/video- or television-airplay or for monetized (profitable) videos (e.g. YouTube, etc.). Licensee is allowed to earn up to $10,000 in total through 2 public performances. Licensee may split earnings for both types of public performances and decide himself how he wants to use his total earnings limit for the 2 types of public performances that are allowed! If Licensee decides to not sell his song under use of the allowed sales units as 1 profitable project, Licensee may instead triple his allowed total earnings limit for public performances that is defined in his license (this results in $30,000 total earnings for an Unlimited License through public performances). In this case Licensee waives his rights to sell his music as physical or digital copies. Once licensee has reached the limit of his allowed total earnings, further rights with a new sales cap need to be obtained with a new license or license upgrade. If the beat is no longer available and offered for any form of licensing and/or marked as sold, license owners of any type of non-exclusive rights may upgrade their current license to the highest available non-exclusive license. If exclusive rights are no longer available, this does not affect license owners from being allowed to upgrade their non-exclusive license(s) to the highest form of non-exclusive license(s). Once Licensee has reached the allowed number of sales and any other limits concerning his license agreement, no more sales can be made after the sales cap is reached. Licensee expressly agrees to remove his song from any marketplaces, stores, etc. to avoid the song from being sold or monetized continuously. Licensee may also use the beat(s) (or song) for non-profit promotional use or demos (mixtapes).

 

Exclusive Rights – Price varies

An Exclusive Rights license (exclusive) comes as a mixed, untagged 16-bit WAV file, the WAV trackouts (separated WAV tracks) and a contract/invoice, stating the rights of use and details of purchase. The Licensor grants the Licensee the right to record vocal and/or instrumental synchronization to any or all parts of the Instrumental. The Licensor has full rights to record, alter, mix the Instrumental in any shape, way, or form (except reselling the Instrumental).
The Licensee is allowed to use the Master Recording for unlimited profitable/commercial uses (e.g. album, EP, single or mixtape or YouTube videos) on any physical or digital medium such as CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, VHS videos, USB-Sticks and all other forms of media or digital sales (e.g. itunes, google-play, amazon, spotify, etc.) with a circulation of up to fifty thousand (50,000) sales units, all 100 % royalty-free. After 50,000 units of Licensee’s release have been sold physically or digitally or as a combination of both, Licensor is eligible to royalties. The fee paid for the Exclusive rights of this instrumental is an advance on Licensor’s royalties. Licensor is eligible to 50 % of the net profits made from his composition through physical or digital distribution, live performances, radio play, use on TV and in advertisements. Licensor’s royalties will be collected by the GEMA. Licensee must supply the Licensor with at least 1 copy of each final recording made using the Instrumental. Furthermore, Licensee must contact and inform Licensor of CD sales if the Instrumental is used for commercial purposes with a record label with gross revenue of over $1,000,000 USD, the Licensor must receive credit for the Instrumental, unless agreed upon otherwise by the two parties. Written consent is required if the Instrumental is to be used for Radio Broadcast, Commercial Advertisement, Television Broadcast, Video Games, Internet, On-hold & In House Background Music, or Film Soundtracks. Licensee may also use the beat(s) (or song) for non-profit promotional use or demos (mixtapes).
If you are interested in purchasing Exclusive Rights to a beat please contact us via E-Mail (serious inquiries only!)

 

Additional terms valid for all licensing agreements

Youtube Videos (Content/Audio ID)

The Licensor maintains the unlimited, worldwide rights to register his beat-compositions with a content-ID/audio ID program/institution and be the sole administrator of YouTube rights using such a content ID program. Licensee is not allowed to submit the video (track/song) to the Content/Audio ID system on YouTube! This is necessary and entitles Licensor to maintain the administrative and legislative rights to the beat-composition, in order to be able to ensure non-exclusive and exclusive license owners administrative guidance and license-warranties. The main purpose is to stop people from stealing beats and using/monetizing them in videos without owning a license. What content/audio ID does is to scan youtube videos for audio material produced by Valentine Beats and automatically send a copyright claim, which blocks your videos from monetization temporarily. Don’t worry! This claim is more a notification and will NOT harm your channel or video, nor does it force you to take down the video(s), it only disables the monetization option temporarily. Your video will keep playing without any other limitations. IMPORTANT! – All license owners need to send us their link(s) to their video(s) and details of purchase so we can put their video(s) on the whitelist and remove the copyright claim within 48-72 hours – please send details/links to our E-Mail including your full name, link to video(s) and/or email address used for purchase. This is the exact message you might receive: Due to a copyright claim, you are no longer monetizing the following YouTube video. It is still playable on YouTube, but the copyright owner could choose to show ads on it. It may therefore be possible that you receive a copyright claim on youtube videos, even if you own a license. As listed above, please follow the instructions written in bold! Using a content ID program is the only way we can assure that only people with an appropriate beat-license are monetizing their videos rightfully and legally on youtube. It also protects your videos from receiving fraudulent claims by third parties that claim to own the administrative rights to the beats. If you have any questions concerning this issue, feel free to contact us anytime via E-mail and we will respond in 24 business hours.

Credit

The Licensee must give production credit to the Licensor for any and all distributed material. This can be done verbally (through recorded vocals on the Master Recording), written in or on the CD booklet or outside cover (‘prod. by Valentine’, including website adress www.valentinebeats.com) or in the title of the track(s) published on social media, such as YouTube, Vimeo, Vevo, etc. (‘prod. by Valentine’). Licensee must include credits to Licensor on all physical media containing a portion or sum of the Instrumental that is being licensed in this agreement (‘prod. by Valentine’, website: www.valentinebeats.com) including but not limited to CD’s, CD covers, Cassette tapes, Cards, Mixtapes, Websites, etc. Any displayed or downloadable MP3 files must include ‘prod. by Valentine’ within the file name.

General Terms and Conditions

A beat can be leased to more than one person at the same time until exclusive rights are sold. Once a beat has been sold with exclusive rights, it will no longer be available for any kind of leasing and licensing, except for upgrading previously sold non-exclusive licenses to a higher non-exclusive license. Previous leasing/non-exclusive rights that have been sold before the beat is sold exclusively are not affected and stay valid until the applicable sales cap has been reached. The license agreement(s) sent with each beat do not need to be signed by the customer(s)/Licensee(s) and automatically become legally valid worldwide and active with purchase (payment needs to be fully credited) and receipt of purchased items. The customer automatically agrees to all registrations/content that are listed in the licensing information and enters this agreement with purchase. By making a payment, the customer (Licensee) declares that he is fully aware of the entire content listed in the licensing information, he fully accepts and agrees to them. After payment this contract is valid permanently and its content cannot be changed or re-negotiated by either party verbally or in writing. Infringement of the terms & conditions is punishable by law. We have a no refund policy: Our products are digital downloads, so there are NO RETURNS OR REFUNDS after a successful payment and download on our website. By purchasing you agree to this. With this agreement of purchase or purchases you agree to have the funds available to charge your debit card, credit card, or PayPal account as purchase or purchases are made. For any chargebacks or fraud after purchase(s) you will be held accountable. Documentation will be submitted to prove that you made the transactions with your debit card, credit card, or PayPal account to buy the instrumental(s). Furthermore, you’re in breach of contract which will result in the loss of your rights to use the instrumental(s) in any commercial manner. For this written agreement and the general legal relationship, German Law is applicable. Abusing or disrespecting the listed Terms and Conditions will result in legal action.

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