Royalty Free Music purchased from the SmartSound web site is licensed for One Seat. A single user may use a music purchase on up to 2 different computers provided they are the sole user of those computers. If you have multiple users, please view our Multiple Seat Discounts for pricing.
SmartSound has updated its music license. Our royalty-free music license now includes national and international broadcast and theatrical release movies and, as always, you can display and distribute your productions on the web. Your use of our music is still subject to our SmartSound Music License Agreement but these changes mean that you can use the music as much as you want, on as many productions as you want and distribute your projects wherever you want.
Are there any exceptions? You must obtain a "mechanical" license for replication of quantities in excess of 10,000 units. The mechanical license is not a synchronization license but a license that permits the manufacture and distribution of multiple copies of your production that contain SmartSound music.
If your production is played on the air by a TV network or distributor who is affiliated with a Performance Rights Organization, they will require that you fill out a music cue sheet. However, many TV and cable stations are not affiliated with any PRO so you won’t be required to submit cue sheets to those who are not. If your project is used by one that is, the TV network or distributor will let you know they need a cue sheet, if they don't, they are likely not affiliated. If they are, you simply need to fill out the music cue sheet as indicated in the Music License Agreement, and supply it to the network or distributor with the rest of your deliverables, the performance royalties will be paid by the PRO on behalf of the network or distributor directly to our composers and music publishers. No additional cost will be incurred by you, the producer or media creator.
Producers, editors and media creators working in and from Europe may be subject to different requirements for the use of music in their countries. PROs in Europe have different regulations regarding the collection of royalties than do their American and Canadian counterparts and are not in our control. For our European customers, SmartSound is in the process of expanding our sources of music to include composers not affiliated with a PRO. Additionally, where we can, we are taking steps to exempt some of our music from regulation in certain territories outside the US and Canada. For producers, editors, media creators, etc. working from and in European countries please see our list of SmartSound music either not registered or exempted for use with PROs. This applies only to media creators from those foreign countries.
If you are an indie film maker focused on making a particular film, we have the best way in the business to create a custom music soundtrack for your film, with all the rights you need: Please see our Indie Film License for more information.
Please read our SmartSound Music License Agreement:
It is specifically understood and agreed that SmartSound does not grant, sell or otherwise transfer any ownership of Copyright, Publishing or Master Recordings for any of its musical works contained on its websites, packaged products, electronic storage or the like.
Unauthorized use or duplication is a violation of this agreement and of applicable laws of the United States of America and other countries. In the event of your breach of this Music License Agreement, legal action may be taken against you in accordance to copyright law. Only licenses generated from SmartSound Software, its websites and authorized dealers are valid.
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Most SmartSound music is registered with a Performance Rights Organization (PRO), although not all of it is. In addition some SmartSound music will be registered for Performance Rights in the US and Canada, but not in many countries in Europe, please refer to the specific track or album information on the SmartSound website or inside SmartSound software. To the extent the music is registered with a PRO, this Music License Agreement does not include clearance for Performing Rights.
Your use of SmartSound music registered with a PRO may require the filing of a music cue sheet for any production that is broadcast on television, radio, cable, satellite or distributed theatrically if the distributor or broadcaster is affiliated with a PRO. If you are working on such a project and a cue sheet is required, and if the SmartSound music you're using is registered with a PRO, such music cue sheet shall correctly identify the copyright owner, composer, publisher, song title, type of use and length of use. Note that in the US and Canada Performing Rights clearance royalties are paid by broadcasters and are not the responsibility of producers, editors or typical users of production music. “Direct” licenses are available, please contact SmartSound. For producers, editors, media creators, etc. working from and in European countries please see our list of SmartSound music either not registered or exempted for use with PROs. This applies only to media creators from those foreign countries.
For more information please contact SmartSound at firstname.lastname@example.org.