What happens when you lease a beat and the song you made becomes popular?
It depends on the terms of your license agreement when you lease a beat. Non-exclusive licenses are usually limited to a certain amount of user-rights or a certain amount of time. If your song becomes hugely successful, you would most likely have exceeded your lease’s user rights. You would have to renegotiate a new lease agreement with the producer so that you can have more rights to the beat.
I would strongly recommend that you contact your producer and sort things out right away. Some producers will wait until after your song blows up and then dies down to take legal action against you. You then end up paying what is owed to the producer and also statutory damages on top of that. Damages are between $750 and $30,000 per work, at the discretion of the court. If willful infringement is shown they may be entitled to damages up to $150,000 per work.
What happens if someone else previously leased the same beat?
Previous leases will remain valid until they have exceeded their lease’s user rights. Artist’s can still use the beat, but only within the limits of their lease.
What happens if someone else has the exclusive lease of my beat?
Kontact Records does not provide any exclusive leases, so you don’t have to worry about that. However, if you acquired a lease from a producer who offers exclusive leases and someone purchased it, then your out of luck. You would not be able to secure an exclusive lease if another artist bought one first.
Most music leases are structured similarly, each with varying amounts of usage rights. Always be sure to read the lease agreement to know what you can and can’t do with your music lease.
If you have any other questions about music leasing or licensing you can leave a message below or contact me.