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Buyout Music

A Basic Explanation of "Buyout" or "Royalty Free Music
(Click here to view our licensing agreement)

When you produce multimedia content (dvd's, tv shows, infomercials, promotional videos, podcasting, etc), you are not allowed to take someone else's music, copy it, put it in your video, or distribute it.

For example, you can't use your favorite "Vanilla Ice" song for your video project. It doesn't matter how perfect his music is for your project (or for any project), Mr. Ice (and others) own the rights to use, synchronize, or distribute that music.

So you could call his lawyers, his record company, and his distribution companies and get their permission (and you would have to get different kinds of permissions from all of them). But doing this will cost you a lot.

You could get a band together and hire a studio to record your own music. This is great if you can afford it, but you have to make sure you have really good musicians, engineers, and recording equipment. This can be costly. It's not a good idea to get out your grandpa's accordion and borrow your neighbor's boom-box. Your wife might tell you that your recording sounds great, but your client may not be as affirming.

Another option is to buy the rights to use music that other people have made. Many companies offer music that is just for multimedia production. Usually you pay for this music based on how it will be used, how many copies you will make, or how many viewers will see it. This is typically called "needle-drop" music because (in vinyl terminology) you are paying for every time "the needle drops".

This too is pretty expensive (especially in the long run). It can also be a big headache to keep track of everything, and make your ongoing royalty payments.

Then there is "Buyout" or "Royalty Free" music. It is also created for use in multimedia projects. But with buyout music you only pay for it once. You can then use it as many times as you want, for as many projects as you want. You just can't sell it to other people.

This is usually the best option for the average project on a typical budget. There are lots of companies out there who make good buyout music and sell it reasonably, we have a short list of them in our FAQ.

But, of course, we have a bias for Stock20.com. The prices are great, and the license is very flexible. Check the license with other companies. You'll see that some of them have limitations based on the scope of your distribution. We do not.

Our library gets bigger (and features more flavors) every month, but it still isn't nearly as big as the guys who have been doing this a long time. So we're not claiming to be the biggest or the best library. But with our quality and our prices; Stock20 is probably the place you should check first.

We'd love to hear from you. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions please contact us.

Thanks for Visiting,

Daniel Rudd, Producer/Owner