THIS LICENSE AGREEMENT is made on DATE (“EFFECTIVE DATE”) by and between “NAME BUYER” (hereinafter referred to as the “Licensee”), and Yannik Keller a.k.a. Restless M.I.N.D (“Producer”). (hereinafter referred to as the “Licensor”). Licensor warrants that it controls the mechanical rights in and to the copyrighted musical work entitled “BEAT TITLE” (“Beat”) as of the date written above. The Beat, including the music thereof, was composed by Yannik Keller, who is professionally known as Restless M.I.N.D. This Agreement is issued solely in connection with and for Licensee’s use of the Beat pursuant and subject to all terms and conditions set forth herein. This Agreement is issued solely in connection with and for Licensee’s use of the Beat pursuant and subject to all terms and conditions set forth herein.
1. License Fee
The Licensee shall make the payment of the License Fee to Licensor on the date that was agreed upon by the Licensee and the Licensor. All rights granted to Licensee by Licensor in the Beat are conditional upon Licensee’s timely payment of the License Fee. The License Fee is a one-time payment for the rights granted to Licensee and this Agreement is not valid until the License Fee has been paid. The License Fee can make the payment by “PayPal”, “Bank Transfer” or upon the agreed payment possibility.
2. Delivery of the Beat
Licensor agrees to deliver the Beat as high quality, so called “untagged”, MP3 and WAV files, as such terms are understood in the music industry. Licensor shall use commercially reasonable efforts to deliver the Beat to Licensee immediately after payment of the License Fee is made. Licensee will receive the Beat via email, to the address Licensee provided to Licensor. It is important that the Licensee is aware of clearing the sample for their own costs. Any other additional costs for mix and master, publishing etc. is also for the Licensee.
The Term of this Agreement shall be five (5) years and this license shall expire on the five (5) year anniversary of the Effective Date.
4. Use of the Beat
In consideration for Licensee’s payment of the License Fee, the Licensor hereby grants Licensee a exclusive, non-transferable license and the right to incorporate, include and/or use the Beat in the preparation of unlimited “New Song(s).”. This unlimited use of beat is only applicable for the Licensee or/and only in collaboration with the Licensee. Licensee may create the New Song(s) by recording his/her written lyrics over the Beat. The new Song(s) created by the Licensee which incorporates some or all of the Beat shall hereinafter be referred to as the “New Song(s)”. Permission is granted to Licensee to modify the arrangement, length, tempo, or pitch of the Beat in preparation of the New Song(s) for public release. Licensee is not allowed to add new instrumentation to the beat or modify the Beat without written consent of the Licensor. This License grants Licensee a worldwide, exclusive license to use the Beat as incorporated in the New Song(s) in the manners and for the purposes expressly provided for herein, subject to the sale restrictions, limitations and prohibited uses stated in this Agreement. Licensee acknowledges and agrees that any and all rights granted to Licensee in the Beat pursuant to this Agreement are on an exclusive basis and Licensor shall continue to license the Beat upon the same or similar terms and conditions as this Agreement to other potential third-party licensees.
I. Distribution: The Licensor hereby grants to Licensee an exclusive license to use the New Song(s) in the reproduction, duplication, manufacture, and distribution of phonograph records, cassette tapes, compact disk, digital downloads, other miscellaneous audio and digital recordings.
II. Streaming: Additionally, licensee shall be permitted to distribute unlimited free internet downloads or streams for non-profit and non-commercial use.
III. Synchronization: The Licensor hereby grants unlimited synchronization rights for One (1) music video streamed online (Youtube, Vimeo, etc..)
IV. Broadcasting: The Licensor hereby grants to Licensee broadcasting rights up to several Radio Stations.
V. Live Performances: The Licensor hereby grants to Licensee a exclusive license to use the New Song(s) in unlimited non-profit performances, shows, or concerts. Licensee is granted the right to receive compensation from performances with this license. For clarity and avoidance of doubt, the Licensee does NOT have the right to sell the Beat in the form that it was delivered to Licensee. The Licensee must create a New Song(s) for its rights under this provision to vest. Any sale of the Beat in its original form by Licensee shall be a material breach of this Agreement and the Licensee shall be liable to the Licensor for damages as provided hereunder. Subject to the Licensee’s compliance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Licensee shall not be required to account or pay to Licensor any royalties, fees, or monies paid to or collected by the Licensee, or which would otherwise be payable to Licensor in connection with the use/exploitation of the New Song(s) as set forth in this Agreement.
5. Restrictions on the Use of the Beat
Licensee hereby agrees and acknowledges that it is expressly prohibited from taking any action(s) and from engaging in any use of the Beat or New Song(s) in the manners, or for the purposes, set forth below:
The rights granted to Licensee are NON-TRANSFERABLE and that Licensee may not transfer or assign any of its rights hereunder to any third-party; Licensee shall not have the right to license or sublicense any use of the Beat. Licensee shall not engage in any unlawful copying, streaming, duplicating, selling, lending, renting, hiring, broadcasting, uploading, or downloading to any database, servers, computers, peer to peer sharing, or other file sharing services, posting on websites, or distribution of the Beat in the form, or a substantially similar form, as delivered to Licensee. Licensee may send the Beat file to any individual musician, engineer, studio manager or other person who is working on the New Song(s). As applicable to both the underlying composition in the Beat and to the master recording of the Beat: (i) The parties acknowledge and agree that the New Song(s) is a “derivative work”, as that term is used in the Copyright Act. (ii) There is no intention by the Licensor to grant any rights in and/or to any other derivative works that may have been created by other third-party licensees.
6. Exclusive Rights
The purchase of exclusive rights grants the Licensee full artistic and commercial rights to the purchased beat. There is no sales cap related to exclusive rights. Once a beat has been sold with exclusive rights, it will no longer be available for any kind of future sale/licensing. Previous leasing rights being sold before the beat has been sold exclusively are not affected hereby and stay valid. License owners of non-exclusive rights may upgrade their current non-exclusive license to a higher exclusive license. It is therefore possible that a beat has been leased several times before exclusive rights are sold. Once exclusive rights are sold, the beat(s) will be marked as ‘sold’ and any possible download and licensing option will be removed. Upon request, a sold beat may be removed from any website and marketing space where it has been offered for sale by the licensor, if licensor agrees to.
Licensee is not allowed, nor has the authority, to dis-allow/forbid other non-exclusive license-owners any use of the beat-composition(s) for commercial/profitable purpose or take legal actions against non-exclusive license owners.
The licensor expressly forbids re-sale or other distribution of the producer’s beat-composition, either as they exist or any modifications thereof for use in any competitive product, nor can licensee transfer his rights to the beat-composition to a third party if it’s not a full song with artist’s/licensee’s own vocals or at least lyrics. Licensee is allowed to sell his song over the beat-composition without any sales limitation or sales cap, worldwide, without terminability, in any commercial/profitable form, and/or transfer the rights to his song over the beat, to another party such as Record Labels, another production company and another artist, but never the rights to the beat-composition itself for a standalone beat-composition product.
The Licensee understands that the Licensor maintains 100% copyright and ownership of the original instrumental composition and that licensee buys exclusive sales rights and rights of use to the beat-composition(s) but not the intellectual property itself. This is necessary and entitles licensor to maintain the administrative and legislative rights to the beat-composition, in order to be able to ensure non-exclusive license owner’s administrative guidance and license-warranties.
Licensee can use song(s) over beat compositions as background element in TV, Film and DVD / computer game projects without obtaining written consent and/or another license agreement.
Licensee must include on all productions, products and any medium the producer’s name (Restless M.I.N.D.). Licensee agrees to display the producer’s name in all physical media or within web presentation of a portion (e.g. pre-listening) or sum of the original instrumental composition that is being licensed in this agreement.
The Licensor is and shall remain the sole owner and holder of all right, title, and interest in the Beat, including all copyrights to and in the sound recording and the underlying musical compositions written and composed by Licensor. Nothing contained herein shall constitute an assignment by Licensor to Licensee of any of the foregoing rights. Licensee may not, under any circumstances, register or attempt to register the New Song(s) and/or the Beat with the any kind of Copyright Office. The aforementioned right to register the New Song(s) and/or the Beat shall be strictly limited to Licensor. Licensee will, upon request, execute, acknowledge and deliver to Licensor such additional documents as Licensor may deem necessary to evidence and effectuate Licensor’s rights hereunder, and Licensee hereby grants to Licensor the right as attorney-in-fact to execute, acknowledge, deliver and record.
For the avoidance of doubt, you do not own the master or the sound recording rights in the New Song(s). You have been licensed the right to use the Beat in the New Song(s) and to commercially exploit the New Song(s) based on the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Notwithstanding the above, you do own the lyrics or other original musical components of the New Song(s) that were written or composed solely by you.
8. Writer’s Share and Publishing Rights
With respect to the publishing rights and ownership of the underlying composition embodied in the New Song(s), the Licensee and the Licensor hereby acknowledge and agree that the underlying composition shall be owned/split between them as follows: i. Licensee shall own and control Fifty Percent (50%) of the so-called “Writer’s Share” of the underlying composition. Specifically, the Lyrics. ii. Licensor shall own and control Fifty Percent (50%) of the so-called “Writer’s Share” of the underlying composition. Specifically, the Music. iii. Licensor shall own, control, and administer Fifty Percent (50%) of the so-called “Publisher’s Share” of the underlying composition embodied in the New Song(s).
9. Registering the New Song(s) with your PRO
In the event that Licensee wishes to register his/her interests and rights to the underlying composition of the New Song(s) with their Performing Rights Organization (“PRO”), Licensee must simultaneously identify and register the Licensor’s / Producer’s share and ownership interest in the composition to indicate that Licensor wrote and owns 50% of the composition in the New Song(s) and as the owner of 50% of the Publisher’s share of the New Song(s).
In consideration for the rights granted under this agreement, Licensee shall pay to Licensor the agreed sum in EURO, payable to “Yannik Keller”, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged. If the Licensee fails to account to the Licensor, timely complete the payments provided for hereunder, or perform its other obligations hereunder, including having insufficient bank balance, the licensor shall have the right to terminate License upon written notice to the Licensee. Such termination shall render the recording, manufacture and/or distribution of Recordings for which monies have not been paid subject to and actionable infringements under applicable law, including, without limitation, the United States Copyright Act, as amended.
11. Unlicensed Usage
Free downloads or unlicensed usage, of any beat produced by ‘the producer’ do not include any artistic, commercial, profitable or legislative rights to the beat. Those versions are only for non-profitable use, meaning only for demonstrational tracks. You are not allowed to upload tracks (recorded over free downloaded beats) on Internet pages like Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Facebook, or YouTube, etc. Furthermore it is not allowed to make any changes to the beat or remove any of the used tags or blend out parts of the beat (beat-drops). Copying, distributing, uploading or ripping any audio material (e.g. beat, tag, sounds, instruments, drums, etc.) in any form other than allowed in this agreement is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated at any time! Downloading or receiving a beat does not reserve rights to the beat for any form of future licensing. Only valid with an agreement.
Licensee shall use best efforts to have Producer credited as a “producer” and shall give Producer appropriate production and Song(s)writing credit on all compact discs, record, music video, and digital labels or any other record configuration manufactured which is now known or created in the future that embodies the New Song(s) created hereunder and on all cover liner notes, any records containing the New Song(s) and on the front and/or back cover of any album listing the New Song(s) and other musician credits. Licensee shall use its best efforts to ensure that Producer is properly credited and Licensee shall check all proofs for accuracy of credits, and shall use its best efforts to cure any mistakes regarding Producer’s credit. In the event of any failure by Licensee to issue credit to Producer, Licensee must use reasonable efforts to correct any such failure immediately and on a prospective basis. Such credit shall be in substantial form: “Produced by Restless M.I.N.D.”. Licensor will take out its right to not promote the New Song(s) if this is not to his liking.
13. Breach by Licensee
Licensee shall have five (5) business days from its receipt of written notice by Licensor and/or Licensor’s authorized representative to cure any alleged breach of this Agreement by Licensee. Licensee’s failure to cure the alleged breach within five (5) business days shall result in Licensee’s default of its obligations, its breach of this Agreement, and at Licensor’s sole discretion, the termination of Licensee’s rights hereunder. If Licensee engages in the commercial exploitation and/or sale of the Beat or New Song(s) outside of the manner and amount expressly provided for in this Agreement, Licensee shall be liable to Licensor for monetary damages in an amount equal to any and all monies paid, collected by, or received by Licensee, or any third party on its behalf, in connection with such unauthorized commercial exploitation of the Beat and/or New Song(s).
Licensee recognizes and agrees that a breach or threatened breach of this Agreement by Licensee give rise to irreparable injury to Licensor, which may not be adequately compensated by damages. Accordingly, in the event of a breach or threatened breach by the Licensee of the provisions of this Agreement, Licensor may seek and shall be entitled to a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction restraining the Licensee from violating the provisions of this Agreement. Nothing herein shall prohibit Licensor from pursuing any other available legal or equitable remedy from such breach or threatened breach, including but not limited to the recovery of damages from the Licensee. The Licensee shall be responsible for all costs, expenses or damages that Licensor incurs as a result of any violation by the Licensee of any provision of this Agreement. Licensee’ obligation shall include court costs, litigation expenses, and reasonable attorneys’ fees.
14. Warranties, Representations and Indemnification
Licensee hereby agrees that Licensor has not made any guarantees or promises that the Beat fits the particular creative use or musical purpose intended or desired by the Licensee. The Beat, its sound recording, and the underlying musical composition embodied therein, are licensed to the Licensee “as is” without warranties of any kind or fitness for a particular purpose.
Licensor warrants and represents that he has the full right and ability to enter into this agreement, and is not under any disability, restriction, or prohibition with respect to the grant of rights hereunder. Licensor warrants that the manufacture, sale, distribution, or other exploitation of the New Song(s) hereunder will not infringe upon or violate any common law or statutory right of any person, firm, or corporation; including, without limitation, contractual rights, copyrights, and right(s) of privacy and publicity and will not constitute libel and/or slander.
Licensee warrants that the manufacture, sale, distribution, or other exploitation of the New Song(s) hereunder will not infringe upon or violate any common law or statutory right of any person, firm, or corporation; including, without limitation, contractual rights, copyrights, and rights of privacy and publicity and will not constitute libel and/or slander. The foregoing notwithstanding, Licensor undertakes no responsibility whatsoever as to any elements added to the New Song(s) by Licensee, and Licensee indemnifies and holds Licensor harmless for any such elements. Parties hereto shall indemnify and hold each other harmless from any and all third party claims, liabilities, costs, losses, damages or expenses as are actually incurred by the non-defaulting party and shall hold the non-defaulting party, free, safe, and harmless against and from any and all claims, suits, demands, costs, liabilities, loss, damages, judgments, recoveries, costs, and expenses; (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees), which may be made or brought, paid, or incurred by reason of any breach or claim of breach of the warranties and representations hereunder by the defaulting party, their agents, heirs, successors, assigns and employees, which have been reduced to final judgment; provided that prior to final judgment, arising out of any breach of any representations or warranties of the defaulting party contained in this agreement or any failure by defaulting party to perform any obligations on its part to be performed hereunder the non-defaulting party has given the defaulting party prompt written notice of all claims and the right to participate in the defense with counsel of its choice at its sole expense. In no event shall Licensee be entitled to seek injunctive or any other equitable relief for any breach or non-compliance with any provision of this agreement.
This Agreement constitutes the entire understanding of the parties and is intended as a final expression of their agreement and cannot be altered, modified, amended or waived, in whole or in part, except by written instrument (email being sufficient) signed by both parties hereto.
This license is non-transferable and is limited to the Beat specified above, and shall be binding upon both the Licensor and the Licensee and their respective successors, assigns, and legal representatives. This License is governed by and shall be construed under the law of The Netherlands and other countries involved, without regard to the conflicts of laws principles thereof.