What do you mean by item and end product?
The item is what you purchase from Audio Library Plus Store. The end product is what you build with that item.
What are some examples of permitted end products?
You can buy a music track and use it in your radio or TV ad
Am I allowed to modify the item that I purchased?
Yes. You can customize our items to fit the needs of your end product.
What does non-exclusive mean?
Non-exclusive means that you are not the only person with access to the item. Others will also be licensing and using the same item.
I’m not sure if my use is covered. What should I do?
Contact us through Support and we’ll do our best to help you out.
Can I re-distribute an item?
No. You can’t license items and then make them available to others ‘as-is’ (that is, as a stand-alone item or as stock)
Do I need a separate license each time I use an item in a series?
No. You only need to purchase the item once per series.
What constitutes a series (eg TV series, webisodes, or a magazine with monthly editions)?
To be considered a series, all things in the series (eg episode, edition) must be connected, and be released within 1 year of the first installment. There is also a maximum of 52 episodes or editions within the series.
Example: A 12 episode TV series that starts in December and ends in July would only require a single license. A YouTube series that releases an episode every week (52 total) would only need to purchase a license once every year. A magazine that releases an edition every other month would need to purchase a license once every year.
What are allowed variations of a single application?
In addition to a series, allowed variations of an end product that are still considered a single application include:
- Translations – the same end product simply translated into a different language (e.g. alternate text or alternate voiceover)
- Cut-downs – a shortened version of an end product where no new content has been added (e.g. a 15 second “teaser” version of a film trailer)
- Tag changes – minor revisions to text or content (e.g. changing “Coming Soon” to “Now Showing”)
I am doing an ad campaign with several variations on the same ad. Do I need a new license for each ad variation?
You should purchase 1 license for each substantially different ad.
My end product will be distributed via multiple mediums. Do I need one license for each medium?
No. As long as it’s all the same end product, you can distribute it via different mediums without having to purchase new licenses.
Example: With a single license, you could play your commercial online and on TV
Am I allowed to use an item in an “on demand”, “made to order” or “build it yourself” product or service (e.g. online video or animation rendering services, “create your own” slideshow apps, e-card generators)?
No. You can only use an item in this way if you purchase a separate single-use license for each final customized product that is created by a customer.
Can I store the item on an intranet so everyone has access?
No, items must be stored in a location where only those who need them have access, once the item has been used in a single end product, the only place you should store it is in the archive files for that end product.
I’m a business and want to talk to you about a new way to license or use items from Audio Library Plus Store. Whom should I contact
Contact us through Support and we’ll put you in touch with the right people.
Your license has changed. Which version of the license applies to the item I purchased?
The one that applied when you purchased the item. See your license certificate or ask us for details.
I’m a freelancer/agency. Can I use the item for an end product I’m doing for a client?
Yes. You’re essentially buying the file on your client’s behalf. Which license is needed will depend on your client’s use of the end product. You are allowed to charge your client for creating the End Product. Once you transfer the end product to the client (eg giving them source files for the item), be sure to link your client to our licenses and delete the item itself from your computer.
Is my license transferable?
Generally, your license is not transferable. There is only one exception:
- If you are a freelancer / agency using the item for a single end product for one client. The license would in effect be transferred to the client.
Do I have to credit the author of the item in my end product?
No, it’s not mandatory to give the author credit. But we do encourage that if your end product has credits as part of its design (such as a film or TV show), please credit the author and Audio Library Records S.A.S. Also, as the Audio Library Records S.A.S retains ownership of the item, you shouldn’t claim copyright in the item.
The item I licensed was removed from your site. What happens to my license?
Your license continues even if an item is removed from the store. We highly recommend you download an item as soon as you have licensed it.
What happens if I need to exceed the limitations of my license in the future? Can I upgrade my license?
For assistance please contact the Audio Library Help Team with the following information:
- The username or email address the account was created with
- The name(s) of the item(s) in question
This information will enable the Help Team to assist you in the most efficient way possible.
Can I use music in paid/commercial end products?
Yes, all of our Music Licenses can be used with both free or paid end products. Please note the Music Licenses, may have other limitations on reproductions or broadcast audience, depending on which option you choose.
Can I use an Audio Library Plus track in a stand-alone music track?
You may not use music in stand-alone music tracks.
Example: You can’t add lyrics to an audio track and sell it on iTunes
Can I use music in an audio-only end product such as a podcast, audiobook, or guided meditation?
Yes, as long as the audio-only end product is larger in scope and different in nature than the music itself. As a rule of thumb, the music alone must not comprise the primary value of the end product, and should have speech overlayed and interspersed throughout. You can never distribute the music track as-is or with superficial modifications.
Example: You can use a relaxing music background to underscore your guided meditation voiceover recordings, and sell a CD of this to your spa customers.
What do the Music Licenses mean by “most web uses”
Most web uses includes general online and streaming-only purposes, such as using the item in an end product uploaded to YouTube/Vimeo, displayed on your website, as part of a browser-based game, etc.
It does not include things like online Broadcast (internet TV, internet radio, etc) or use in “on-demand”, “customize your own product” web applications and services.
Can I use music from Audio Library Plus on YouTube? Why have I received a “matched third party content” copyright notice via YouTube about Audio Library Plus music used on my YouTube video?
Yes, you can absolutely use licensed Audio Library Plus music in your YouTube video.
YouTube takes copyright infringement seriously, and its Content ID audio detection system will occasionally display a copyright notice on videos using licensed Audio Library Plus music. This typically isn’t a bad thing, it simply means YouTube has found some material in your video that’s owned by someone else. To clear this notice, you simply need to let YouTube know that you have licensed the music and have the rights to use it.
If I make a clip for YouTube using music from Audio Library Plus, can I monetize the clip by allowing ads?
Yes. All of our Music Licenses allow use for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.
What is the difference between limitations on copies, downloads, audience size, views and impressions?
Copies and downloads apply when an end product is distributed to an end user and they retain ownership of the end product in physical or digital form (e.g. a DVD, app, video game, or audiobook). The number of copies/downloads of the end product you are allowed to distribute may be limited depending on the Music License you purchased.
Audience size applies when an end product is for Broadcast use, be it traditional television or radio or online substitutions of these. The size of the audience you are allowed to broadcast to may be limited depending on the Music License you purchased.
Views and impressions apply to non-Broadcast end products displayed on the web, and are a measure of how many visitors have seen or played your end product. None of our licenses place any restrictions on page views or impressions.
Example: Your home video uses music licensed under the Music Standard License. You upload it to a user-generated video-sharing platform, and goes viral with over 1,000,000 views. Relax and enjoy the fame, you’re still covered by this license.
What is the difference between streaming web video and online broadcast?
Our Music Licenses define Broadcast as:
(a) Traditional television or radio broadcast (e.g. terrestrial, cable or satellite TV, broadcast radio); or
(b) Mobile or online substitutes for traditional television or radio broadcast (e.g. mobile TV, IPTV (streaming TV or video-on-demand), streaming radio)
We consider online broadcast to include online content services which distribute professional, syndicated Broadcast content, such as Netflix, Hulu, or other internet television providers.
Streaming web video is everything else, including videos uploaded to your personal or business website and on user generated content networks such as YouTube or Vimeo.
All of our Music Licenses including our base Standard Music License allow for streaming web video. With Broadcast use however, you’ll need one of our Broadcast Licenses, and there may be limitations on your allowed audience size depending on which one you choose. There are no audience size limitations for non-Broadcast streaming web video.
How do I know my Broadcast audience size?
If you are using a music track in a Broadcast project, simply ask your client or producer what their intended audience size is for the production, meaning the maximum number of people the Broadcast has the potential to reach.
As a general rule of thumb, an audience size up to 1 million tends to be more for local and hyper-targeted broadcasts, 1-10 million is more on the regional-to-national scale, and above 10 million is typical for national and international broadcasts. Please note this may vary depending on your location and target market. In some places, this audience size measure is similar to the broadcast DMA.