“If it’s free, why do I need to buy it?”, “You say it’s Royalty-Free, but I have to pay for it?”
I have been getting a lot of similar questions, messages and comments through my social media profiles describing your doubts and confusion about what “Royalty-Free Audio” is exactly. And I’ve decided it’s time to clear some things out, so let’s get started…
What are royalties?
A quick Google search returns the following description:“A sum paid to a patentee for the use of a patent or to an author or composer for each copy of a book sold or for each public performance of a work.”
What does that mean for audio? Highly depending on an agreement, but in general the artist would get paid for every time music or other audio production is broadcasted on radio or TV, played in a public place or performed live. There are even multiple organizations artists can sign up to called Performance Rights Organizations (P. R. O. for short) that manage monitoring the usage of the audio and collecting Royalties from whomever used the audio on behalf of the rights owners.
So in the essence, Royalty-Free simply means that any person using the audio in their projects does not have any further financial obligations and simply doesn’t have to pay any additional costs for broadcast, performance or sales.
But not free?
Stormwave Audio license.
For all of the sound effects and production music from Stormwave Audio’s library you get a full Royalty-Free license for an unlimited number of projects and no quantity/performance usage limits. Which means that after the purchase you can use our audio in as many free and commercial projects as you’d like – as long as you’re the original creator. You can’t re-sell or re-distribute any of the content in isolation in your project or as isolated files. There are no additional costs incurred on you at any time after you have received your license. We do however protect our music with AdRev which means you might have issues with your YouTube monetization rights if you don’t contact us with a link to the video using our music, or your YouTube channel as soon as possible.