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Publishing tracks that I composed for a client on streaming platforms


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Hello, friends!

Could you help me! I am a music composer and I composed a few music soundtracks for a client here for his video game! Am I still allowed to publish them on a major streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and so on?

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It depends on what types of rights you granted the client. 

There is the master use fee - which is the use of the actual recording. 

Then there is the intellectual property as it relates to the composition. There is the publishing share and the writers share. You would collect royalties on those through a performing rights organization like ASCAP, BMI or SESAC. You should register with one of them before you release music on streaming services. 

If you granted a client exclusive use of a master recording you would need permission from them to release it. If you didn't grant any publishing rights, you could re-record the piece and release it. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, joshlnyc said:

It depends on what types of rights you granted the client. 

There is the master use fee - which is the use of the actual recording. 

Then there is the intellectual property as it relates to the composition. There is the publishing share and the writers share. You would collect royalties on those through a performing rights organization like ASCAP, BMI or SESAC. You should register with one of them before you release music on streaming services. 

If you granted a client exclusive use of a master recording you would need permission from them to release it. If you didn't grant any publishing rights, you could re-record the piece and release it. 

 

 

Thank you for your answer! The only option I see and able to edit as gig owner is to check "Commercial Use" in gig setup! I can't grant any other rights to client. And here is what FIverr says about "Commersial Use" 

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By purchasing a "Commercial Use License" on Fiverr, the seller grants you a perpetual, exclusive, non-transferable, worldwide license to use the purchased delivery for Permitted Commercial Purposes. Unless clearly stated otherwise on the seller's Gig page/description, all intellectual property rights of the purchased delivery are hereby assigned to you.
 
"Permitted Commercial Purposes" means any business related use, such as advertising, promotion, creating web pages, integration into product, software or other business related tools etc., and strictly excludes any illegal, immoral or defamatory purpose.
 
 
And it seems like the client is not allowed to publish the music that I composed because it doesn't look like "Permitted Commercial Purposes"! And I can't see any restrictions here to publish music that I composed either!
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So..."all intellectual property rights of the purchased delivery are hereby assigned to you." pertains to publishing and the rights and royalties associated. The perpetual commercial use license pertains to the master use fee (i.e. the actual recording) - so you could re-record the piece and release without violating terms. 

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