Licensing Our Music

What’s with the different licenses?

You can purchase most of the music on this website as different licenses / price points. Generally speaking, the higher the cost of a license, the more you can do with the music. We do that so that our tunes can be accessible to folks on any budget. Please note that ALL licenses require attribution. Proper credit & a link back to this website is REQUIRED regardless of which license you purchase. Here are more details…

 

Indie

For podcasters, indie film makers, non-sponsored Youtubers, etc.

  • Chop up, remix, tweak and use audio creatively
  • Distribute to a global audience (restricted to online only)
  • Use in exclusively not-for-profit projects
  • Never pay royalties
  • ‘Buy once, keep for life’ license

The indie license allows you to use material in non-commercial (e.g. you are not being paid by a client & you are not using it to sell anything) contexts.

Digital

For digital design/film production studios, freelance creatives, etc.

  • Everything included with the Indie License, plus…
  • Use in for-profit, commissioned or sponsored projects (if annual revenue of sponsor/client is under $10 million USD)

Includes the same rights as “Indie” but also allows you to use the material in most commercial use cases (e.g. for client work, in advertising, etc.) in the digital realm but NOT broadcast media.

 
 

Broadcast

For broadcast television/radio producers, design/film production studios, etc.

  • Everything included with the Indie & Digital Licenses, plus the rights to…
  • Distribute to a global audience (non-restricted to any given medium)
  • Use in any for-profit, commissioned or sponsored projects (regardless of sponsor/client annual revenue)
  • Distribute project offline (e.g. film festivals, DVDs, etc.)

Includes the same rights as Digital but also allows you to use the material in traditional broadcast media (e.g. TV/radio broadcast, broadcast advertising and online equivalents).

Regardless of which license you purchase…

  • You can not resell our material.
  • You can not claim authorship of our material.
  • All licenses (including that of our freebies) include attribution. We are really happy to have you put our music to good use – but we’re even happier when you credit us with a shout-out or a link-back!
  • At present, Sounds Like An Earful is not licensing it’s intellectual property based on geography. All licenses are currently ‘global’. We reserve the right to change this in practice without prior notice in the future.
  • Your licensing needs can change. We understand that. If you have purchased one license and need to upgrade to a license that gives you more rights – shoot us an email. We’ll be happy to pro-rate your upgrade so that the money you’ve already spent goes towards your new license.
  • It is unlawful to redistribute, sublicense or share licensed materials.