If you are seriously engaged in the creation of beats and their sale or purchase, doing your own business on this, then you need to be well versed in the market conditions and have complete information about your counterparties from whom you purchase beats.
Unfortunately, not all beatmakers are respectable. For example, you can pay for an exclusive beat, but in the end find out that someone else bought this music after you. If you have entered into an agreement with a beatmaker, then in a “double sale” situation, the acquirer may demand from him the return of the remuneration paid, as well as compensation for losses. For example, the cost of advertising the release, legal assistance, as well as lost income.
To avoid becoming a victim of fraud, you should follow a few simple steps that are recommended by music industry professionals.
Look at whom and on what site you buy a beat, reviews on the beatmaker, ask the opinion of colleagues in the shop. It is safer to buy from proven and reputable beatmakers, as well as on professional sites.
Write to the beatmaker and ask additional questions. There is nothing shameful in this. For example, you can clarify the nuances of tariff plans or restrictions. In the case of the latter, we advise you to contact a lawyer or your distributor or label. In addition, before buying a beat, I also advise you to run it through music recognition systems (for example, Shazam, Soundhound), which will help to identify possible matches with already published audio recordings of other artists. Labels and distributors usually check tracks for plagiarism themselves through professional recognition systems (Audible Magic, ACR Cloud and others). Therefore, it is better to check the beat yourself in order to identify possible cheating at an early stage.
A copyrighted work may be posted on the Internet, provided that the copyright owner has given permission for certain digital uses of their work. The availability of permission can be checked by checking whether the digital distribution model chosen by the copyright holder is non-commercial or, conversely, commercial.
For example, there are now many copyrighted works offered on the web for free as a result of licenses, the distribution of which also makes it easier to search through search engines. These licenses accompany works and, through the use of metadata included in the site or document that contains them, inform the user of the owner’s desire to allow access, copying, distribution, and possibly modification or development of the work in advance. Usually such licenses contain an exact link to the owner of the rights, which allows the user to contact him and directly verify the authenticity of the license.
If you have doubts about the reliability of the beatmaker and you are not sure that it was he who created the beat, due to the low price or bad reviews, it is better to wait or refrain from buying. After you have completed the verification, it is important to conclude an agreement with the beatmaker.
Often a good form of contract with a beatmaker is a rarity. But, as a rule, beatmakers are fine if the client sends them his contract form.