Beat Licensing explained:
Exclusive or Non-Exclusive?

By OneS Beats

Updated on: February 21st, 2018

Online beat licensing has long been widespread everywhere. Online music producers have been doing it for many years on sites like Soundclick, Airbit, Beatstars and much more. Music / audio production has never been easy. To do this, you need skills and a lot of experience behind your back. Licensing beats also requires certain knowledge. But as soon as ‘new producers’ are involved in licensing, many difficulties and questions begin. Some even thoughtlessly copy licenses of other producers. So they do not even understand what they are selling.

Although the term "licensing" is not that difficult to understand, some beat licensing options (user right) are rather confusing and require some explanation. In this article, I will not go into the details of jurisprudence and explain such terminology as the ‘Licensee’ or ‘Licensor’. I will try those moments which will be interesting for you as an artist.

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Non-Exclusive Beat Licensing

What are the advantages of a non-exclusive license?

Non-exclusive license gives you some rights on beat that depend on the type selected non-exclusive license (we have 4 types non-exclusive licenses). All non-exclusive licenses are also suitable for recording lyrics and vocals. But this does not mean that you own the rights (exclusively) to this instrumental, because the producer leaves the copyright ownership of the beat. In other words, the producer has the right to dispose of the bit at his discretion, including renting a beat to someone until the beat is sold in the Exclusive. The table below shows the license options for our beats.

Beat Licensing explained: Exclusive or Non-Exclusive?

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Let's imagine that you recorded a song on one of our beats. Now do you have all the copyrights to the song?

Not quite
Your creation is a derivative work of a song. You have copyrights to the text in the song, but there is no copyright to the music, because you have it purchased under a non-exclusive license.

When you send your song on the TuneCore or CDbaby, they will ask you who has copyright owners on the song are. You must tell them that you purchased the music on a non-exclusive license, and the copyright for the music in song is with the producer. In addition, you can attach a license agreement.

Publishing Rights

With a non-exclusive license, you get 0% publishing rights.

Tracked Out files

A Premium License is an extended version of our Basic License in our beat licensing section. This license also comes with tracked out files of the beat. Tracked out files are all the separate audio tracks of the entire beat delivered in the highest quality WAV format. We highly recommend to get these files, in order to get the highest quality recording of your song.

Exclusive Beat Licensing

Why choose an exclusive license?

Exclusive rights give you broader rights. You can use the beat without any restrictions on the usage rights.

You can freely sell millions of copies of your track in different countries and in any number. If you are sure that you will achieve fabulous heights in the field of music - exclusive beat licensing for you.

Beat licensing will no longer be a problem for you. Because now you own exclusive rights to beat. That is, if you have acquired exclusive rights to beat, this beat is removed from the sale and we can no longer sell it.


Producers differently determine the rights for beat. Basically we provide 50% separation. But by agreement we can provide all 100% of rights to beat (in this case, the amount of payment will be much larger, since we lose our creativity).

With each artist (his representative) we work individually. And for each individual we determine the division of rights. It is in our interests to make a quality product with the artist.

The terms of the exclusive license can be discussed and changed to the needs of the artist.

Work-for-hire contracts

If at the sale of an exclusive license all 100% of rights are transferred, including copyrights, then this is called a work-for-hire contract.

Beat licensing explained;
Non-Exclusive or Exclusive?

Which license should I choose?

Think and decide for yourself whether you need exclusive rights. If you are sure that your track will take off to the top of the hit parades after the recording or quickly gain popularity, it is better to purchase an Exclusive License.

But if you are a young performer, a beginner rapper recording his first album or mixtape, better buy a Non-exclusive License. In addition, you will not spend as much money as if you were buying exclusive rights.

Maybe first you need to become popular, have at least 1000 fans. Many musicians who bought bits from us worked as follows: they bought a non-exclusive license, analyzed the popularity of tracks and if it was positive they acquired an exclusive license.

I sincerely hope that this article has helped you determine the choice of license and now you can easily make the right decision.

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Leasing Terms

Do not know which license to choose? Read this article

Do you want to get an Exclusive? Click on the button "ADD" in playlist and make an offer.

  • Basic Lease
  • $20/mp3
  • Instant Delivery (untagged)
  • Music Video 0
  • Non-profit Live Performances only
  • For iTunes, Mixtapes, Albums, Live performance, etc
  • Distribution Copies 1 000
  • No Radio Broadcasting rights
  • Online Audio Streams 10 000
  • Untagged HQ MP3 File
  • No sole ownership
  • Credit must be "OneS Beats"
  • Pro Lease
  • $35/wav
  • Instant Delivery (untagged)
  • Music Video 1
  • Non-profit Live Performances only
  • For iTunes, Mixtapes, Albums, Live performance, etc
  • Distribution Copies 5 000
  • No Radio Broadcasting rights
  • Online Audio Streams 100 000
  • Untagged HQ MP3 + WAV Files
  • No sole ownership
  • Credit must be "OneS Beats"

  • Premium Lease
  • $75/Track-Out
  • Instant Delivery (untagged)
  • Music Video 1
  • For Profit Live Performances
  • For iTunes, Mixtapes, Albums, Live performance, etc
  • Distribution Copies 10 000
  • Radio Broadcasting rights (2 Stations)
  • Online Audio Streams 100 000
  • Untagged HQ MP3 + WAV Files + TRACKSTEMS
  • No sole ownership
  • Credit must be "OneS Beats"


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About us. Why we sell hip-hop beats?

Why you should buy hip-hop beats from us?

OneS Productions is a team of high-end professionals in the field of music production and sound design. Huge experience gained over more than 10 years of brand's history. Music business is changing before our eyes, so the priority desire for us is to create a competitive product that will meet the challenge of time and fashion, while not forgetting the fundamentals and roots. Every day we expand our horizons, are in search of a new sound, ideas and musical solutions that will help us change story with you.

We work with live instruments, acoustic guitars, magic air pianos, sensual violins, powerful drums and deep bass. We mix these ingredients with inspiration and get the same product that you hear in your headphones. Here you can order music in a variety of styles, such as rap hip hop trap rnb pop. A variation of the various options for licenses will be available for any purse. If you want to make a bright colorful hit, contact us, our professional beatmakers will help you in your work. Buy rap hip hop trap rnb beats from OneS Beats already today, make your dreams a reality.