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What are exclusive rights and what do I need them for?
What are exclusive rights and what do I need them for?
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Written by Karoline
Updated over a week ago

Whether you are allowed to use a purchased beat depends on which rights of use you have acquired according to §31 UrhG. The rights of use are defined in licenses. A music license is an agreement between the author and the user of a composition. It regulates the permission to use the music in certain media and clarifies the specific conditions.

Exclusive or non-exclusive?

If you buy a beat exclusively, it is no longer available for sale to third parties.

If you buy a non-exclusive beat instead (also called "leasing"), it will still be available for sale to third parties afterwards.

In some stores only exclusive content is allowed, i.e. releases and beats that you either composed yourself OR for which you have the exclusive rights. This includes:

A temporary license or a non-exclusive license is NOT sufficient in these stores. So be sure to check your user agreement to see if you have the necessary rights to upload your release to these stores.


Even if you have produced your song/beat yourself, it is no longer considered exclusive as soon as you have used samples, natural sounds, loops, etc. This also applies to royalty-free samples from providers such as Splice or Looperman.

It should also be noted that an exclusive license does not necessarily mean that the beat does not contain any samples from third parties. Most common licenses contain a clause stating that the licensee is responsible for clearing any samples used.

Therefore, when purchasing beats, always check whether you notice a possibly known sample and, if in doubt, consult the respective producer again. Otherwise we will not be able to deliver your release, even if you have purchased a license.

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