On the weekend I researched about some of the contracts and licenses used in the music industry

Today we going to talk about some of the licenses and contracts used in music production today as these can save you much money and keep you free from legal issues are associated with music.  Being a music/beat producer as some of you out there. We sometimes build our ideas of music from others producer or even remix other people’s work. If this is you, you have to know and understand creative common license as these will keep clean and keep you producing and releasing your work in a right and legal way.


How we can obtain it and knowing the exact license to get.


What is CC license?


This is a type of license that provides a simple standardized way of creators, companies and institutions to share their work with others on flexible terms without infringing copyright. This license allows users to reuse, remix and share the content legally but only on certain conditions.


How can one obtain a cc license?


There are two main ways an individual can obtain a cc license for their work to be shared.


For online work


Select the license that is appropriate for your work from the cc license chooser and follow the instructions and include the HTML code. The code will automatically generate a license button and a statement that ‘your material is licensed under a cc license’.


For offline work


Choose which license you wish to apply to your work and either mark your work with a statement such as “This work is licensed under the creative commons license” Or insert the applicable license buttons with a statement “This work is licensed under the creative commons license” and URL link.

What are the CC license types and examples?

There are various creative common license types and these include: –



Attribution (CC BY)

This type of license allows you to distribute, remix, tweak and build upon other creators’ work as long as you credit the original creator.


Attribution-Share Alike (CC BY-SA)

Here others can remix, tweak and build upon your work even for commercial purpose as long as they credit you and their new creation under the identical terms.


Attribution-No Derivatives (CC BY-ND)

This is the license that allows people to redistribute your work commercially and non-commercially as long as it’s not changed and in whole with credits to you.


Attribution-Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC)

You can remix and build upon other people’s work only for non-commercial purposes as long as you acknowledge the owner.


Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike (CC BY-NC-SA)

Others can remix and build upon your work for non-commercial as long as they credit you and license their new creation under the identical terms.

Attribution-Non-Commercial Non-Derivatives (CC BY-NC-ND)

Only allows others to share your work and Credit you thou they can’t change your work or even use it for commercial purpose.


CC terms

Below are the definitions of some of the abbreviated term in the CC license names to give a better understanding of their meaning.

Non-Commercial (NC)

No Derivative works (ND)

Attribution (By)

Share Alike (S





For a producer who work on recording and producing other artists, I have drafted a producer contract agreement template that you can download below and edit to create your own.


Transafro Music Producer Contract



2011, A. (2011). Creative commons v3.0. Retrieved July 4, 2016, from http://www.ausgoal.gov.au/creative-commons
Creative commons Australia. Retrieved July 4, 2016, from http://creativecommons.org.au
Feinstein, E. (2011, March 10). Copyright and commercial use: The problem with creative commons’ non-commercial use licenses • the open Siddur project. Retrieved July 4, 2016, from Advocacy, http://opensiddur.org/concerning/open-source-judaism/advocacy/why-to-choose-a-free-creative-commons-license-or-say-no-to-nc/
When we share, everyone wins. Retrieved July 4, 2016, from https://creativecommons.org

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