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With any of the 4 for-profit license (Basic, Deluxe+, Exclusive and Custom) you can perform and sell the song you make with our instrumentals on any digital distribution platform (Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, Tidal, etc.) with no earnings caps/limits. The Amateur License is for promotional use only. (You Must Keep With Tag)

Generally speaking, when you license an instrumental, there are usually two main options: “non-exclusive” & “exclusive”. There are three non-exclusive licenses (Amateur, Basic, & Deluxe+, and two exclusive licenses (Exclusive & Custom).

Non-exclusive licenses: When you purchase a non-exclusive license, you’re simply paying us for permission to use the instrumental (with Tag). It’s essentially a lease. You do not own the beat. Dirt Town Sound retain full ownership of the beat and can continue to license that same beat to other artist. We clearly define what you get with each license in the next selection.

Exclusive license: We now offer exclusive rights to a small selection of never-before licensed beats here.
Exclusive rights to “pre-made” tracks found in the catalog can be earned (with tag) by getting 100k+ streams, or selling 25,000+ units.
With our Custom Beat Services, you’re automatically granted exclusive rights to the instrumental created for you. Yz Guy Q XVII / Dirt Town Sound Productions request 25% of publishing for the song for any exclusive license acquisition, whether its from earning it on a pre-made beat, for a custom beat made for you, or an exclusive license purchased from the exclusive beats catalog.

Here are a few benefits of attaining exclusive rights:
•The beat can no longer be licensed out to others.
•You have the full right to license your song out to 3rd party publishing companies for
TV/Film, ect…
•The contract last forever, so you don’t have to worry about your contract expiring
•You own the masters to the song

Here’s what you get with each license
AMATEUR ($39.99)-
•MP3 (320 Kbps)( WITH TAG)  2-Year License (must renew after 2 years in order to continue using beat)  0 Radio Spins  Non-profit Upload to Soundcloud and Youtube  Dirt Town Sound CAN re-license the beat to others

BASIC ($99)
•MP3 (320 Kbps)(WITH TAG)  24-zbit Wav  2-Year License (must renew after 2 years in order to continue using beat)  Unlimited Radio Spins  Unlimited Earnings  Upload to Soundcloud, YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL, ect…  Dirt Town Sound CAN re-license the beat

DELUXE+ ($250)
• MP3 (320 Kbps)(WITH TAG) | 24-Bit WAV | Trackouts | 5-Year License (must renew after 5 years in order to continue using beat) | Unlimited Radio Spins | Unlimited Earnings | Upload to Soundcloud, YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL, etc. | DIRT TOWN SOUND CAN re-license the beat to others

EXCLUSIVE ($500)
•MP3 (320 Kbps)(WITH OR WITHOUT TAG) | 24-Bit WAV | Trackouts | Lifetime License | Unlimited Radio Spins | Unlimited Earnings | Upload to Soundcloud, YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL, etc. | DIRT TOWN SOUND CANNOT re-license the beat to others.

CUSTOM (INQUIRE PRICING)
• MP3 (320 Kbps)(WITH OR WITHOUT TAG) | 24-Bit WAV | Trackouts | Lifetime License | Unlimited Radio Spins | Unlimited Earnings | Upload to Soundcloud, YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL, etc. | We CANNOT re-license the beat to others.
• Custom beats are made from scratch to fit your needs.
CUSTOM BEATS (WITH SAMPLES) (INQUIRE PRICING)

YZ GUY Q XVII / DIRT TOWN SOUND DOES NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO SAMPLES IN BEATS.
BEATS WITH SAMPLES ARE UNCLEARED. SAMPLE CREDITS: ORIGINAL SAMPLED ARTIST / COMPOSER. ( DIRT TOWN SOUND WILL RETAIN ALL COPYRIGHT OWNERSHIP TO THE “INSTRUMENTAL ONLY FOR NON-EXCLUSIVE LICENSE.” HOWEVER, IF YOU EARN EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO BEAT OR PURCHASE A CUSTOM BEAT, YOU WILL RETAIN COPYRIGHT OWNER SHIP OF THE SOUND RECORDING (MASTERS) “INSTRUMENTAL ONLY” AND RESPONSIBLE FOR CLEARING RIGHTS TO SAMPLES).

Once a license expires, you are required to renew it in order to continue exploiting your song. Once expired, it’s as if you never purchased the license, to begin with. Simply re-purchase any license for that beat, and your license is renewed. It is up to you which license you choose to get for your renewal. For example, your original license could be a Basic license (which lasts 2 years), but once it expires, you can get a Deluxe+ license (which lasts 5 years). This is still a form of renewal. If you fail to renew a license (and are still pushing your song), we will be able to find out using advanced software that searches the web & digital distribution platforms for our beats.

  • While the earning of exclusive rights is very rare, we have a protocol in place to protect all licensees of beats who’s exclusive rights are earned by others. Should this happen to you, you will retain all of your original rights. However, once your contract expires, you will not be able to renew the license. With this said, we will make you a replacement custom beat (which is automatically exclusive to you) at half price. The beat would be the same tempo, vibe, and key so that it fits perfectly with your original song. This is the fairest way we know to handle this situation. Again, the earning of exclusive rights is a very rare

Copyrights:

  • DIRT TOWN SOUND® will retain all copyright ownership of the instrumentals for non-exclusive licenses. However, if you earn exclusive rights to beat or purchase a custom beat, you will retain copyright ownership of the Sound Recording (Masters). For non-exclusive purchases, you should file a form PA to copyright your lyrics only. You cannot copyright the music as it’s a non-exclusive license.

Important notes:

  • All audio-protection tags are removed upon the purchasers request of EXCLUSIVE AND CUSTOM LICENSE BEATS/INSTRUMENTALS .
  • The Amateur, Basic, and Deluxe+ licenses are non-exclusive. The Custom Beat & Exclusive licenses are exclusive.

Non-exclusive licenses are 100% royalty-free (With Madantory Tag). We request for 25% of the publishing for exclusive licenses (and 3 points).

Exclusive rights to any of those beat under the following conditions: Licensee qualifies for exclusive rights ownership to instrumental at no extra upfront charge if Licensee (a) gets 100,000 streams or more, collectively, through any major music streaming service including but not limited to Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, or (b) sells 25,000 units or more of Song through a major music distributor/retailer, whichever comes first. An entity qualifies as a major music distributor or streaming service if the entity publicly sells music (singles, albums, EPs, etc.) and grosses at least one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000) annually. For the avoidance of doubt, YouTube views and Soundcloud plays do not count as streams or sales. The licensee must notify Licensor within thirty (30) days of receiving said amount of streams/sales in order to receive further documentation granting him exclusive rights. Failure to notify Licensor will result in retroactive payment to Licensor for all revenue dating back to the date 100,000 streams (or 25,000 sales), which qualifies Licensee for exclusive ownership, was achieved.

YES BUT ALL SAMPLES USED ARE UNCLEARED AND YZ GUY Q XVII/DIRT TOWN SOUND DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO ANY SAMPLES USED IN BEATS/INSTUMENTALS.

“Trackouts” or tracked out audio files, aka “stems” are the separate audio files the make up a particular instrumental. For instance, the kick, snare, synth, piano, and so on are all separate audio files that comprise the instrumental. These are useful for high-end mixing projects where the engineer may need to customize the mix of the instrumental around your vocals. We highly suggest the Deluxe+ License for a top-notch mix.

Yes, you can. All licenses allow you to do this without any earnings limits. With non-exclusive licenses, please keep in mind the length of your contract, however. ALSO keep in mind that you have to beats with samples must be cleared first (Yz Guy Q XVII / Dirt Town Sound Does Not own Rights To any Samples in Beats/Instumentals).

All non-exclusive licenses (WITH TAG) are 100% royalty-free and last only two years.

With the “Exclusive” & “Custom Beat” licenses, buyer must pay full minimum statutory rate on mechanical royalties to the producer (~$0.091 per unit sale). Mechanical royalties derive from the use of the actual ‘Master’ (which you would own), not the composition, publishing, or intellectual property of the song. ‘Publishing’ is split at 75/25 (YZ GUY Q XVII/DIRT TOWN SOUND®). Exclusive & Custom Beat licenses last for a lifetime, and prevent anyone else from ever licensing the same beat.

All download links are emailed to you instantly upon purchase.

If you do not earn the exclusive license, no, the beat will not be removed from the site (unless you’ve’ purchased an exclusive license.

If a beat is removed, its exclusive rights were earned, and it cannot be resold.

We accept all major debit/credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover). We process transactions using PayPal and Stripe. You do not need a Paypal account to checkout via PayPal (a debit/credit card will still work).

The materials available on this web site are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. The opinions expressed at or through this site are solely the opinions of DIRT TOWN SOUND, LLC.

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