The idea of licensing tracks to music libraries has never appealed to me. But a friend of mine (who I trust) with a boutique music library company wants a few of my tracks (mostly old rejects from TV and commercial demos) for his library. It's tempting, but I realize I have to look back and see which libraries any samples I used may have come from, thanks to the "no music library" restriction most sample producers now have.
I can understand the reasoning for the restriction in SOME cases. For instance, some sample sets are in "Construction Kit" form, which is basically a song already written for you (which I confess, I'm not above using when a deadline gets tight! ) Naturally, a sample company doesn't want these "songs" popping up on music libraries.
But what if I just used just the beat from a construction kit? Unless I'm misreading, I then technically can't use that track in a music library. Annoying.
But here's my question: I bought many of these libraries before East/West, et al instituted their "no music library" rules. I assume I'm in the clear on those. Except . . . many of these older disks don't have ANY license agreements printed on the cases. So now it seems my grandfather clause loophole may be gone. In fact, technically, I'd have a hard time proving I can use the samples for anything.
Anyone know if there is a real policy for older CDRoms with regards to music library use? Specifically, the old Best Service "Dance Mega" and "No Kick" collections, which I still love.
And with all my complaining, I have to say, three cheers to Spectrasonics and Ilio for not having these restrictions. Are there other libraries without the "no music library" restriction? I love Stylus RMX, but it definely has "a sound," as far as it's loops (and expanders) go.
- Mike Greene