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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Licensing in the Digital Age: Royalty Free Versus Copyright Free

As a creator, I want to produce as much of my own content as I can. There are instances where that idea becomes impossible. Instrumentals is one of those current challenges.

I can write, craft, and publish my cover art, stories, and websites, but sometimes even a creator needs a helping hand. Since I would like to produce meaningful and engaging book trailers and presentations for my Undawnted Channel on YouTube (Please subscribe!), I have endeavored to use other musician's instrumentals to assist me. 

I have read numerous license agreements, and have purchased some music that you have already heard. Still, the royalty and copyright issues are murky at best. You can use X song if you follow these guidelines, royalty free. Yes, but I can use them for my commercial, known as a book trailer? 

The next challenge is: who is being paid for the music? The three songs I have bought so far were paid to one person, not the artist who created the song. So, I went on a fact finding mission to cut out the middleman. I emailed a couple of musicians on a site to see what royalty free means to them, and do I need to buy a lifetime license from them? Important questions. 

In the coming years, I may have to sit down and write a few songs on the computer. Yes, I have written songs in the past. With a grandfather who was a piano tuner and mover, as well as a jazz pianist, music runs in my veins. I spent a year in competitive orchestra and two years in band, playing the violin. When a string instrument was unfavorable to playing in a high school marching band, I opted for four years of choir.

Until my health supports more activity besides editing, reading, and writing, I will continue to be bounced around, uncertain as to how I can use "royalty free music." I rather purchase from the creator to ensure a legal license than using middlemen. I hope that the prices are within my budget. 

I do not want to cheat anyone, but I also like to eat. 

What it comes down to is the fine print. What does it actually say versus how I am interpreting it? 

Legalese, anyone? 

Have a great and wonderful day.


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Sunday, February 26, 2023

Breathe is Available on Grey Thoughts' The Writing Gallery

During their bi-month poetry prompts, Grey Thoughts chooses selections for The Writing Gallery.  

My collection of poems on their site so far is:

For the week of 2/11- 24/23, Breathe was listed as one of the poems for Last Breath.  

Breathe as well as Identity are poems from The Descent: a darker breed of poetry Chapbook. Shuffle the Devil will be released in Supernatural Archaeology. Better than I Know will be published in Impetus.

I hope you enjoy reading these preview pieces from my poetry chapbook collections.

Perhaps with a few more additions, membership will be granted, and I will have a dedicated area for my creative writing. 

I will keep my fingers crossed!

Have a great and wonderful day.

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