License grants

The first thing artists should look at before registering to a new platform (these things are growing like mushrooms), is the licensing terms in their “Terms of use” page. If they don’t have one, it’s best to ask about it.

Quite often you will see something like this:

“By posting any User Content via the Service, you expressly grant, and you represent and warrant that you have a right to grant, to the Company a royalty-free, sublicensable, transferable, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, list information regarding, edit, translate, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, and make derivative works of all such User Content and your name, voice, and/or likeness as contained in your User Content, if applicable, in whole or in part, and in any form, media or technology, whether now known or hereafter developed, for use in connection with the Service.”

This is just a variation of the good old “all your content are belong to us”, and if you read carefully, you will understand that you need to be wary of what you post because you are forfeiting all your copyrights. Now it might be advantageous to do so in some case, provided you know exactly what you are going to gain from it, but think long and hard before uploading your work to these kinds of platforms if you don’t want your music abused without any legal way to take it down.

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