You must be the right-holder or the representative of the right-holder(s) of all of the music that you publish on Jamendo.
- Are you the right-holder of the music?
- Are you the representative of the right-holder(s) of the music?
- Are you working with music samples?
I am the right-holder
If you are the right-holder, then you have written, composed and recorded the music yourself. It is a creation of yourself and it is not copied or based upon the music of a different artist.
I am the representative of the right-holder(s)
If you are the representative of the right-holder(s) of the music, it can mean one of two things (see scenarios 1&2 below). In both scenarios, you need to enter the details of every artist under the fellow contributor's info of your artist account.
Scenario 1: You are part of a band or a group of musicians and you are managing your common account on Jamendo. In this case, the music must be the original work of your group and your group must own all of the rights of the music.
Scenario 2: You are the manager of one or several artists. In this case, the artist(s) you represent must be the author(s) and right-holder(s) of their music, and you must have an agreement with the artist(s) saying that you are representing the artist(s) on Jamendo.
Although a verbal agreement is usually sufficient, we recommend you to keep a written agreement. If ever a conflict should arise between you and the artist(s), a written document is a reminder of what was agreed upon.
I am working with music samples
If you are working with music samples from other artists, then you are not the sole right-holder of your music. Although it is possible to work legally with samples, we do not recommend it. But since several artists decide to work with samples, here are some guidelines that you should consider:
- You must only use samples for which you have acquired the rights to use them in the appropriate way, These are usually paid samples.
- You must have the right to change/remix the sample. Make sure that you know what is allowed and what is not.
- You must have the right to publish, sell, and license your derivative work that is based upon the sample.
- Verify whether you have to give credit to the original author of the sample and if yes, under which format.
- Keep the original copy of the sample and of the terms of sale/use that govern your license under which you can use the sample.
- If Jamendo receives a copyright claim (saying that you, the Jamendo artist, do not have the right to publish and sell that music), we will ask you for these proofs (copy of the sample & of your invoice). If you cannot provide them, the track in question will be removed from Jamendo.
A note on YouTube copyright claims when working with samples
Customers who are using a track of yours in their YouTube video can receive a claim on their video, even if you are not using YouTube Content ID. The YouTube Content ID program does not always know the difference between two different tracks that are built upon the same sample. Content ID recognizes both as the same song.
Such claims take longer to be removed and can be very frustrating for your clients. They are afterward unlikely to buy music from your Artist again.