FAQ

1. General

The music is absolutely royalty-free. Our artists are not members of collecting societies (like GEMA, SUISA....) and the music is therefore not registered there. Our artists upload their music under a Creative Commons license. Songs published under the Creative Commons License are generally royalty-free or not registered with any rating society - forever. This can not be reversed by the artist.

So you don't have to pay a cent to collecting societies - and you shouldn't do that under any circumstances.

Due to the so-called "Gema presumption" (for example in germany), however, you are obliged to provide proof: With an extended license you receive a release document for each song, with which you can very easily prove that the music is gemafrei. The document contains the name and address of the artist, the name of the song and also the license conditions.

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Yes, this website is legal. All the music was released as part of Creative Commons music, the musicians upload their own music.

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Each artist uploads his music independently. Filmmusic is a public marketplace, each artist is responsible for his own music. In the "Artists" section you will find various contact possibilities for each artist.

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We use Tunesat to scan the Internet as well as television channels. In addition, we use a newly developed technology based on an AI we train that automatically detects illegal uses of our music. If you have purchased an extended license, your customers will not receive a message.

Exact details about the technology used and how we find illegal uses are secret.

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If you can't find a song anymore through the search, then it's not there anymore. Songs that can't be found using the search function can't be licensed either. Filmmusic.io is just a marketplace for artists who upload music on their own responsibility. Please contact the respective artist if you have questions about songs that are no longer available, we can't help you.

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You can do this via google Adwords. It is possible to target selected websites as long as they are in Google's network (Display Network using AdSense).
You will need to use managed placements which lets you target specific sites and even down to individual pages in these sites.

You can read up on managed placements here.

Placement targeting tool could assist you further in helping whether the domain you want to target inside Google Display Network will accept Google ads or not and how much impressions you should expect out of that. Similarly additional info like what ad formats can also be analyzed using that tool.

Read more about the tool in this article.

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Thank you very much for your interest. Here you can find the conditions.

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  • Free users and customers: MP3 (in most cases 320kbps, stereo, depending on what the artist uploads)
  • With extended license you additionally get: WAV, 44.1 kHz, 16bit, stereo
  • Additional files: Additional files are very different, depending on what the artist uploads.
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You can always find the current exchange rate here:
www.google.com/search?q=eur+usd

There you can also search for other currencies.

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No, we cannot afford such a program as a small company with unpaid volunteers without salary. We are already happy that we can raise the running costs.

Of course we are still happy if you send us security problems to the legal e-mail address mentioned in the imprint - we will gladly show our appreciation with a voucher code for music licenses.

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If you have seen a video on the internet that contains music from Filmmusic.io, but don't know the name of the song and the artist, we offer a music search. In this case we contact all our artists and ask them to tell us if this is their song.

The service actually costs 435 Euro, plus taxes (29 artists x 15 Eur). The amount must be paid in advance and cannot be refunded even if the result is negative.

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2. Usage of the creative commons music

Yes, the creative commons music is free, also for commercial purposes - IF YOU MAKE ATTRIBUTION. On our platform you will only find creative commons music published under licenses that allow commercial use. The only condition for the use is that you make attributon - more information can be found in each download window. If you don't want to or can't name the author, you can buy a lifetime extended license for the song. In addition you often get more files and a download in Wave format.

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No, this is a big misunderstanding. Every artist still has the copyright to his music. Creative commons music is often mixed up with "public domain" music which is free of copyright.

And because every artist owns the copyright for his music, he also has the right to sell extended licenses or to demand that the author be named.

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The question can be answered very easily: Where everyone who consumes your project sees it.

Some common examples...

Videos

YouTube and Vimeo credits can be placed in the video description or in the video itself.

Streaming

On your profile page, add a "Music" section to place the credits. We have created a special page with even more information about streaming here: https://filmmusic.io/faq/67

Video Games

Most commonly, credits are placed on a "Credits" screen found in the settings menu.

Live Production

Credits should be placed in the program for the production. If no program exists, a voice announcement can be made.

Films

Credits should be placed in the credits portion of the film, either before or after the main film section.

Podcast/Audio Production

Credits should be voiced - usually at the end of the production.

TV/Radio Ads

It is more common to purchase an extended license, but credits may be shown visually in the production, or done as a voice-over in audio-only media.

Music on Hold

It is more common to purchase an extended license, but it is possible to record a voice-over for each piece of music used.

Background Music

It is more common to purchase an extended license, but credits may be posted in a public area of the retail space.

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The attribution is mandatory and not voluntary. If you don't have the option of correct attribution (including link to the material and link to the license), you must purchase an extended license for each song.

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All information about the respective license and a text for Copy&Paste can be found for each song in the download window. Example:

Cinematic Suspense Series Episode 004 by Sascha Ende
Link: filmmusic.io/song/5798-cinematic-suspense-series-episode-004
License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

If you use two songs in your project, you have to do a copyright attribution twice, even if it is the same artist, here's an example:

Cinematic Suspense Series Episode 004 by Sascha Ende
Link: filmmusic.io/song/5798-cinematic-suspense-series-episode-004
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

4bit Games by Sascha Ende
Link: filmmusic.io/song/5800-4bit-games
License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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The text may not be changed. You have to make attribution without change as indicated in the download window. If you don't have the option of correct attribution, you must purchase an extended license for each song.

There is only one exception: It is allowed to adapt the text to your language. For example in german:

Breaking News 4 von Sascha Ende
Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5953-breaking-news-4
Lizenz: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/deed.de

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Distribution on iTunes or Amazon violates the Creative Commons terms and conditions, as you can NOT link the license as required. Links on covers in music shops are generally forbidden and there are usually no descriptive texts which would allow an extensive naming of the author or authors. A so-called "Featuring" is basically not allowed, because it violates the CC license, quote: "This information may be given in any reasonable way, but not in a way that gives the impression that the licensor supports you or your use especially.". So the answer is no. An extended license is required for each song, which eliminates the need for a copyright notice.

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No, because the necessary attribution is not possible here. A paid extended license is required.

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No, because the necessary attribution is not possible here. A paid extended license is required.

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Yes, the use is basically allowed for everyone, even for commercial purposes, if the author is mentioned. You can find more information about each song in the download window.

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The conditions for use and a text for copy&paste can be found in every download window. The Creative Commons license is also linked there. If you are unable to comply with the conditions in your project, you will need to purchase an extended license for the song. If you are unsure about your project, we recommend that you consult an experienced media lawyer.

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No, this is not permitted without the express permission of the respective author. Online shops do not allow the provision of licenses or Internet addresses, which are necessary to meet the requirements of the Creative Commons License. A publication would violate the terms of the license. The publication of Creative Commons music via the Youtube Content ID System is not permitted by Youtube anyway.

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Make attribution or buy an extended license. You can find more information for each song in each download window.

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You can buy an extended license. More information can be found in the download window of each song.

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Credits must be placed so that a person with reasonable effort can find out about the music. How this is done can vary quite a lot in different media.

Things that must be included:

  • Name of the artist.
  • The name of the piece(s).
  • A link to the source of the music (web site)
  • The license you are using (a link to the license).

Here are some examples of how to do this on Twitch or other live streaming services...


1. Add a "music" page to your profile

On your profile page, add a "Music" section.

Eightbit by Lilo Sound
Link: filmmusic.io/song/5860-eightbit
License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Rise Phoenix by Mikael Hellman
Link: filmmusic.io/song/5863-rise-phoenix
License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

[List of all the pieces of music on the playlist]

This will cover all the requirements!


2. Add an overlay to your video

If you don't want to add all of this to your profile page, you can put up a link as an overlay on the screen which goes to a page where you have all the information above.
You can also put the link on your profile page.

If you don't want to make a web page for the credits, you can display all of the information as an overlay during the stream.


3. Announce the information during the stream

If you don't want to create an overlay, you can just announce all of the information live on the stream.


4. Buy an extended license

If nothing of 1.-3. is possible, you have to buy an extended license for each song to use the music without making attribution.

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No. At least you shouldn't get clues like that. If you still get hints from Youtube, you have to appeal to Youtube and send a link to the original song of this page.

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Yes, editing and adjusting the music to your movie is of course allowed, such as looping, change speed, fade in or fade out, talk to a speaker or adjust volume. 

If you want to know more details about the license conditions, you can read them here:

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No, and this is not planned either. If you want to play the chords, we recommend https://chordify.net/​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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We ask for your understanding that it is not possible for a service like Filmmusic.io to offer free music and also to check thousands of videos every day. You will find enough information on this website about how to name the author.

We can't give individual free legal advice for specific cases, so if you have further questions about your project or if the conditions are not clear enough, you should consult a lawyer. The conditions for the use of an audio file can be found in the download window of each song before downloading it.

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It is probably a technical problem on the part of Facebook, i.e. a false recognition. It is also possible that someone claims rights for himself that he actually does not have. You can make a dispute here:

https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/1653629651334864

or

https://www.facebook.com/support/legal/dmca_counter

Problems with Facebook

We tested the dispute functions on facebook and unfortunately never received an answer. So these forms are useless.

During our research we even read about other musicians who get copyright claims on music they just produced themselves and uploaded as video on Facebook. Facebook's music recognition is so bad that certain similarities are enough.

Facebook is slowly dying anyway and this is one more reason to go for more advanced platforms. Not everything goes smoothly on Youtube either, but at least you have the possibility to dispute and above all you can see who the copyright claim is from.

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3. Voiceover generator

Currently there are no limitations. However, should the free service be used excessively and disproportionately, we reserve the right to introduce limits or make the service chargeable.

So be economical in your use of the service.

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4. Extended licenses

No, if you bought a license for a song and create projects for multiple customers, you don't have to buy a new license for each customer. The lifetime license is valid for all projects you create for yourself and your customers. When you deliver the video to the customer, also give them a copy of the release document for the song used in the video.

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An extended license costs 20 Euro (plus VAT). This brings you the following advantage:

  • You don't have to name the author in future projects you create (yes, you have read correctly, the license is valid for life for all projects you create for yourself or your customers with this song).
  • You'll get an official document as proof.
  • You can download the song as a wave file
  • For many songs you get additional files like e.g. Stems for it.
  • You support financially a great project like Filmmusic.io
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In case of free use you are obliged to name the author, the website and the license.

If you don't want to or can't name the author, you can buy a lifetime extended license for the song. In addition you often get more files and a download in Wave format.

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No, but the extended license is sufficient for this project as well. Special packages for sound reinforcement are planned.

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The document has a barcode on the first page and information about the licensee and licensor. Furthermore it contains further information, including a qrcode:

DESCRIPTION OF MUSIC COMPOSITION AND RECORDING

Title: [song-title]
Artist: [artist-name]
First release: [song-release-date]
Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Attribution/credits for this song: No not required. With this extended
license the license holder gets all rights for the obmission of any attribution of
the artist, song name or license in all future projects with this song created by
[your-name].

AUTHORIZATION TO USE MUSIC COMPOSITION(S) AND
RECORDING(S)
For good and valuable consideration, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, Owner ([artist-name]) hereby
grants to [your-name] ("Producer") the right, but not the obligation, to incorporate the music described above
("Property") in any manner Producer sees fit in the production tentatively entitled Movie Title ("Program") only
and to use and authorize others to use the Property as so incorporated in the Program in the distribution, sale,
licensing, marketing, advertising, promotion, merchandising, exhibition and other exploitation of the Program in
perpetuity, worldwide in any media currently known or later devised. These rights are non-exclusive. All other
rights are reserved by the Owner.
Owner warrants and represents that Owner has the right to grant all rights granted herein and Producer and or
Company's use of the Property as permitted herein will not infringe on the rights of any third party.
Owner waives claim to any compensation from Producer for use of items noted in this document. This release
applies to any and all media and related usage in any future forms, and in any location.
[artist-name]
[date]

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We are required by law to issue an invoice to each buyer. You will receive the invoice by e-mail and you can also find it in your account on your dashboard under "Invoices".

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An extended license is always valid for ONE song at a time. Each song can be added to the shopping cart using the "Add to cart" function.  In the download window of a song you will also find information about what you get with the extended license, this differs from song to song.

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No, these packages do not include extended licenses. A copyright notice is still mandatory. These packages only serve the purpose that you don't have to download each song individually. If you want extended licenses for songs, you have to buy them separately for each song.

Please also note that Filmmusic.io does not sell such packages. The packages are offered by the artists absolutely independent from us. The artists themselves are also responsible for billing and support.

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5. Payment

If the payment does not work because either nothing happens or an error message appears, this can have various reasons:

  • Paypal is temporarily not available
    • Solution: Wait some time and try again later. You can find unpaid invoices at any time on your dashboard under "Invoices": There you can simply click on "Pay now" for an invoice. You can check the paypal status here on https://www.paypal-status.com/product/production (search for "express checkout")
  • You use an adblocker
    • Solution: Disable adblocker
  • You are using an old version of Internet Explorer
    • Solution: Use Chrome or another modern browser
  • You are using Firefox and have popups disabled
    • Solution: Use Chrome or another modern browser or enable popups
  • You use security software such as "Kaspersky Internet Security" or "Duck Duck Go Privacy Essentials" with settings that are too restrictive.
    • Solution:  Temporarily disable your security software or change the security settings.
  • You are trying to use a Turkish credit card. Unfortunately, payments from Turkey are generally not possible. This has to do with Paypal and political reasons.
    • Solution: Use a credit card from a bank in another country.

If a payment did not work out, you do not have to order again. You can find unpaid invoices at any time on your dashboard under "Invoices": There you can simply click on "Pay now" for an invoice.

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If a payment did not work out, you do not have to order again. You can find unpaid invoices at any time on your dashboard under "Invoices": There you can simply click on "Pay now" for an invoice.

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Click on "Extended Licenses" on your dashboard. There you will find all your ordered songs and licenses. If a song offers additional downloads, you can find them in the download window of a song: Click on the download icon next to the heart of a song. A popup will open. If you have a license for this song, you will find all downloads for this song here. Attention: With the buttons "MP3" and "WAV" you only download the version that you can download without ordering.

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Please contact the email address in the imprint, we will help you by email.

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6. Premium music

The artists themselves decide what PREMIUM music is. PREMIUM music is not free, in many cases not even published under a Creative Commons license and can only be downloaded and used with a corresponding extended license.

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Yes, PREMIUM music is also free from collecting rights by organisations such as BMI, GEMA, SUISA or others. So there are no further costs for the use.

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7. Around your account

If you are unable to log in, this is usually because you have not confirmed your account. After registration you will find an e-mail with a link in your account. The account will only be activated after a click on the link in the email. You should also search for this email in your Spam folder.

If you can't find an email, you can use the function "Forgot password" to create a new password after clicking on the link in the confirmation email. If an account has not yet been activated, it will be activated automatically.

Other possibilities why you can't log in are:

- You have disabled cookies
- You are using a VPN (proxy service)
- You use Thor
- You have Javascript deactivated

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Yes, it's easy and uncomplicated by clicking on "My Profile" on your dashboard, scrolling down and then clicking on "I want to delete my account". Then simply follow the instructions.

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