There are two ways to acquire and use beats:
- Exclusive rights
First, let’s cover leases.
At Elephant Tracks, we offer free leases on all of our beats. When you lease a beat, you can use it for non-commercial purposes, such as:
- Live performances
Here’s what you’re not allowed to do with leased beats:
- Sell them through distributors like iTunes
- Use them for major releases
- Sell/lease them on other beat marketplaces
Leases are non-exclusive, which means you don’t own the rights to the beat, and we (the producers) can sell or give away as many leases as we want.
Important: When you use a leased beat, you must credit the producer whenever possible. For example, if you uploaded your song to SoundCloud, you would call it:
“Name of Your Song (Prod. by Elephant Tracks)”
We also offer exclusive rights to our beats.
When you buy exclusive rights to a beat, it means the producer no longer owns it, so they can’t continue to lease or sell it. Once you own the exclusive rights to a beat, you can:
- Sell it through distributors like iTunes
- Use it for a major release
- Use it for any other commercial purposes
We offer royalty free exclusive rights, so we don’t collect royalties for each sale of a song or album that uses our beats.
But, you will need to credit the producer (Elephant Tracks) if you use one of our beats on a major release, like an album.