It’s easy to download beats on the Internet. Most of the beats are titled FREE. But what does that really mean? Can I do whatever I want with the beats? Are they my beats? Do I have to pay anything if I upload song with Freebeats to Youtube or Spotify? Can I even be sued?
This post will not and cannot give you legal advice. But what I can do is share my experience with you in this area.
I myself have been rapping for many years. To get beats, I also went to sites like beatstars.com and downloaded the beats. I wrote for it, recorded songs and distributed them. Sure, I didn’t know how much work went into a beat like that and just reviewed or cut the tags. I wasn’t ready to make money with it either, it was just a hobby. Later, I started thinking about what I wanted to do. I wanted songs on Spotify and Deezer. I searched out all the old songs, but I couldn’t upload one because I didn’t have the licenses for the beats. They weren’t even available to buy anymore because I didn’t know exactly where I got them.
I had to deal with all the licenses and found out that freebeats meant that I was allowed to use them if I didn’t make money with them (non-monetized purposes).
Advantages and disadvantages of FreeBeatsOne advantage is of course that de Beats cost nothing. You have an infinite number of beats that you can access. Other advantages:
- You can try out, which beat fits best
- No risk, a song is not released, you also have no costs
- Mostly only the worse mp3 quality instead of wav
- You are not allowed to upload the song on Spotify etc.
- With the premium licenses you get the single stems and can make adjustments
- Producer tag sucks in the beat