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TITO TAHAN’S BRAND

How can I book Tito Tahan?

Thanks for your interest in booking Tito. Best way to book Tito at the moment is through our virtual portal please Click Here.

How can I send Tito my music?

Thanks for your interest in sending Tito your music. Best way to send Tito your music at the moment is through our virtual portal please Click Here.

Can I book studio time with Tito?

Thanks for your interest in booking studio with Tito Tahan. Best way to get in the studio with Tito at the moment is through our virtual portal please Click Here.

Is Tito signing producers?

Possibly, and thanks for your interest in signing to Tito Tahan. Best way to get noticed by Tito at the moment is through our virtual portal please Click Here.

Is Tito signing Artist?

Possibly, and thanks for your interest in signing to Tito Tahan. Best way to get noticed by Tito at the moment is through our virtual portal please Click Here.

How do I license Tito's beats?

Thanks for your interest in licensing Tito Tahan’s beats. We are currently building an online music library with full licensing capabilities, please check back here frequently or follow @TitoTahan on all social media platforms to be updated of our launch.

Virtual Booking

How do I attend a booking?

Download and or sign up with Telegram this is where all Virtual sessions take place.

How do I upload my music?

It’s easy! Visit the Virtual Booking link in the menu above, navigate to the booking of your choice after you select a booking date and time, then select upload music. Note music uploads (max file size 256 MB) 

What is Virtual Executive Producer?

This is a great way to get a real music industry professional become apart of your studio session with a fraction of the cost. Tito will provide expert advice on the recording, mixing and creativity process in real time during your session. As a former A&R and a keen ability of knowing how to nurture talent. Tito will virtually executive produce your studio session along with any beat or song that results of it. Download and or sign up with Telegram this is where we will have our Virtual Executive Producer session.

#TEXTTITO Community

How do I get started?

Its simple, click the link above or just text 1-216-238-6868 and follow the steps!

What topics can I follow?

#MusicReleases
#SyncLicensing
#MusicProduction
#MusicBusiness
#MusicAndNFTs

What tips can I follow?

#TitosTopTrips
#TitosTopTips
#TitosTedTalk
#TitoOnTikTok
#TitosTraining

How do I opt-in to all groups?

It’s super simple – just text me with the hashtag or hashtags list above and send it!

How to opt-in and opt-out to groups?

You can opt-in by simply texting me the hashtags you’re interested in. If you ever want to opt-out of any of the above groups, just reply with #optout and the group name and we’ll remove you from that group. There will be no confirmation message in either case.

What if I don't opt-in to any topics?

You’ll still get messages that I sent out to all #TextTito community members, just not specific ones around specific hashtags. Essentially you will get all messages from every topic.

MUSIC LICENSING 

What is music licensing?

In it’s simplest terms, music licensing is paying a fee to the rights holder of a song or work to use it in a project of yours – or perhaps, to use a song in a project you are making for another person or company.

A “project” can be anything as small as an online video, or as large as a major motion picture. The bottom line is, regardless of the size of a project, if you want to use someone else’s song or beat in conjunction with a project of yours you are going to either need their permission (or permission from the rights holder if the artist has transfered rights away to a record company / publisher), or more commonly, a license.

It’s a great misconception today that any music can be freely used for any purpose. The reality is, that even uploading a video to YouTube with music / beats you haven’t licensed or cleared is illegal and could carry heavy legal consequences.

What is a license agreement?

In the music industry, License agreements are contracts that grant rights, and carry conditions. Essentially, they are an agreement between the rights holder (or holders) of a song / beat and the ones looking to use a song (and generally it’s recording) in a way that requires the granting of particular legal rights. The person or party wishing to license a song  / beat is generally referred to as the “Licensee” while the rights holder is referred to as the “Licensor”.

There are many different types of agreements that exist. There are industry standard agreements like Synchronization and Master Use license agreements (needed when syncing a song to media and broadcasting/distributing it for example), mechanical licenses (for duplication/reproduction) and there are custom agreements offering a mix of rights depending on the particular circumstances at hand.

Specific To My Work

Some gray areas can exist in simpler licensing structures that make it difficult (or legally uncomfortable) for large scale projects to license music. My beats page bridges this gap in that it offers exclusive music licensing and a large number of licenses tailor made to specific uses both large and small. So whether your project/budget is small or large, between the two, you will definitely be covered!

What is production music?

Production music is a music industry term to describe music specifically created for use within multi-media productions. While production music has become somewhat synonymous with “background music, it is not always used in background applications and sometimes is the major theme or driving aspect of a project.

Production music can be licensed and therefore legally used within television commercials, films, online videos, radio program and in many more applications.

What is copyright?

This section is here to help you understand copyright law as it pertains to songs in a way that is easy to read and understand. While I cover various topics regarding copyrights for educational purposes, this is of course not a definitive guide to musical copyright law an I am NOT an attorney. If you require expert advice please consult a lawyer or professional.

Introduction

When a song is created and made tangible (this could scribbling lyrics down on a piece of paper or napkin even), it is automatically assigned a set of six copyrights under law. These copyrights empowers it’s owner with a number of ways that he or she can exploit a song as they see fit.

The Rights Assigned To A Song

When a song is created, it is assigned six legal rights. Those rights are:

  1. Derivatives
  2. Digital Transmission
  3. Distribution
  4. Public Display
  5. Public Performance
  6. Reproduction

Here are short explanations of what each right grants:

Derivatives

When a song is created from an existing song (one that goes beyond a ‘cover’ or replica, but adds lyrics or additional content) that is considered a derivative work. Another example of a derivative work is a translated version of a song. Only the song’s copyright holder can legally grant permission for derivative works to be created.

Digital Transmission (Non-Interactive)

When a song is played or “transmitted” via AM/FM radio, satellite (ex. Sirius Radio) , or the internet (ex. Pandora), royalties are owed by the broadcaster(s).

In the case of terrestrial (AM/FM) radio, only songwriter’s are paid a royalty for the “public performance” of their work. This money is collected and distributed to songwriters via “performance rights organizations.” There are many PROs in the world, however some of the more notable ones are SOCAN, BMI, ASCAP, SESAC and GEMA to name a few.

For satellite and internet transmissions, the songwriter, the performer and the label (or whoever owns the rights to the sound recording itself – not just the song) are entitled to collect royalties. These royalties are monitored, collected and distributed by a non-profit company called SoundExchange.

It’s important to note that all of the above examples given are “Non-interactive” transmissions. In other words, music is supplied to the listener based on set programming by the stations; it’s not listener interactive. For interactive digital transmissions (YouTube) where listeners can choose the music they are listening to, only PRO’s are paid. As plays are considered interactive transmissions, SoundExchange does not monitor, receive or collect any royalties.

Distribution

When a song becomes tangible, the one who created it legally receives (by nature of creation) the right to distribute it. This right applies to the distribution of both physical and digital copies of a song.

The right to distribute is a very valuable right, especially as it’s crucial for music licensing.

Public Display

When a song is created (either from writing it down or recording it), you are legally granted the right to display that work in public.

At first it may seem that this right has little to do with a musical work, however that is not the case. Printing lyrics from a song onto something like a t-shirt, displaying lyrics on a website and creating sheet music all have to do with the public display copyright.

Any person or entity who will be using a song in that ways noted above will need to have an agreement with the rights holder.

Public Performance

When a song is created, the songwriter is granted the exclusive right to public performances. This performance right includes both live performances and transmissions of performances over radio, television, satellite, internet etc. Just like any of the rights, this right can also be assigned and transferred.

When a songwriter decides to allow public performances of their work and registers with a PRO (Performing Rights Organization), the PRO will collect royalties for the songwriter from establishments and venues who are broadcast/performing their song

It’s important to note that public performance rights are only dealing with the songwriters, who control the copyright ©, not the rights holder of a recording of a song who control the copyright ℗. The song itself © and the recording of a song ℗ are two different things, with different rights, and many times are owned by separate people or entities. In many cases, a songwriter or publisher will control the copyright of the song while a record company will control the copyright of the recording of the song.

Reproduction

When a song is created, the writer of a song is granted an exclusive right to reproduce the song. Compared to the other rights listed, reproduction rights are typically considered of higher value; no one else can reproduce a song without paying the songwriter(s) a “Mechanical Royalty”. This royalty rate is set by the government, and defines the maximum amount that must be paid to the songwriter for each reproduction.

Mechanical royalties don’t just apply to physical reproduction however, but digital reproduction too. If a song is purchased from iTunes for example, or even downloaded freely from a website – if it is downloaded to a hard drive it is considered a reproduction. The government also assigns a specific royalty rate for digital reproductions.

Finally, reproduction rights can be exercised and royalties collected for “streams”. Streaming royalties are collected from services that allow on demand/streaming music services. The owners of these sites and services are required to pay the songwriter a mechanical royalty, which is a combination of a percentage of the revenue generated by the site and a payment per each subscriber.

Why did you file a copyright claim on my youtube video?

Firstly, thank you for licensing my work!

To protect my work against copyright infringement and piracy, many of my songs have been assigned a digital fingerprint. This digital fingerprint is automatically recognized when a song is used in a YouTube video, and as a layer of security, a song must be “cleared” with YouTube before used without restriction. This process protects legitimate rights holders, my work, and YouTube from legal conflicts and consequences in cases of copyright infringement.

If you are receiving this notice please do not worry; it is not a strike against your video or channel! It is simply a standard automated notice and can be removed quite easily; the process is often times completed and the claim removed in less than 24 hours.

To get your existing video(s) cleared and the notice removed, or to pre-clear your YouTube channel before uploading, please contact me through the special copyright clearance form.

For more information about content ID, AdRev, why I decided to digitally fingerprint my music and what happens if you choose to ignore YouTube’s notice, please see Content ID section.

Please forward your PayPal-receipt along with the link to the video to the e-mail help@titotahan.com. I will remove the copyright claim within 48 hours.

BUYING A LICENSE

How do I purchase?

To purchase, simply visit https://titotahan.com/beats/ then click the +ADD-button next to them in the player. You will then be able to select the desired licensing options. Once you selected the beats of your choice, you can complete your order via credit card by selecting check out. You can then download your beats from your account page in the downloads section.

I didn't receive my buys after purchase!?

Thanks for ordering one of our products! Please make sure to check your SPAM-folder at first, the e-mail containing the download-links might be in there. If this is not the case, simply send us an e-mail with your PayPal receipt so we can send you the order manually. Please note that this might take up to 48 hours, since we receive tons of e-mails every day. Thanks for understanding!

Where do you send my beats after purchase?

Our products get sent to your PayPal e-mail address right after payment. If you didn’t receive the e-mail after purchase, simply forward your payment receipt to our e-mail address.

Can I use free beats on a commercial project?

NO, Free downloads I post on Youtube are only for non-commercial demo / reference use. If you intend to make profit off beats, purchase a license. Please be aware that re-selling instrumentals without vocal recordings is not allowed in any case. I pursue cases like this legally on a regular basis.

Are voice tags removed after purchase?

Yes, the voice-tags simply exists in order to prevent theft of beats / instrumentals. Once you purchase the instrumental you will get a download-link to the untagged version.

How can I get a refund?

All beats automatically downloaded, and are NOT refundable after your purchase completion. I only refund double orders of the same instrumentals that happen by accident.

Do you offer discounts?

Yes, please check the discounts available frequently as they do change often.

How often are new beats uploaded?

My team and I are always working on new material and generally post multiple beats, products, services, etc. Make sure to check the website on a daily basis to see new products first! If you want to be notified about new product uploads, simply join our mailing list. You will also receive a new coupon code to the store by doing so.

CONTENT ID

What is content ID?

Content ID refers to the technology of digitally fingerprinting content, in this case music, for recognition and tracking across YouTube (and places that YouTube content is used and embedded). Without digital fingerprinting, tracking legal and illegal use of copyrighted digital content would be next to impossible.

What is AdRev?

AdRev is a YouTube partner platform (yet is it’s own company) that utilizes digital fingerprinting technology and YouTube’s Content ID system to track, manage and administer copyrighted material on behalf of content creators and copyright holders.

AdRev provides its users with various tracking reports and tools to clear any erroneous claims made against a YouTube video, as well as options to deal with illegal uses like displaying ads over videos (where the revenue is then paid to the copyright holder) or removing the content all together.

Why am I receiving a message that my video has “matched third party content”?

If your video has been identified as matching third party content or “flagged” as it’s often called, please do not worry or panic. This is simply a message and layer of security that YouTube uses to communicate that it has noticed you are using music with a copyright belonging to myself or ProducerLife. A flag is not to be confused with a “strike” which is when action has been taken against your account to forcefully remove content that has been illegally used. While a strike will negatively affect your account, a flag or notice will not.

All videos that match third party content are immediately flagged because YouTube doesn’t yet know that you have the rights to use it legally. They do know that is has a claimed copyright however.

It’s important to note that while a video is flagged, monetization of ads will be disabled for that video. Ads may still run, however to receive money collected during a run period the video needs to be “cleared”.

How do I remove the “matched third party content” YouTube notice?

Removing a flag or “matched third party content” notice from your video is a quick process, and can be done one of three ways:

1.) Clearing a video through AdRev Directly:

The most simple and quick method of clearing a video is through AdRev’s claims clearance website form. By submitting your info and license to AdRev directly, videos are often cleared in less than 24 hours, and you will receive a conformation e-mail from them once the process is complete. In the message portion of the form, please list where you have purchased your license and include the text details of the license itself by copying and pasting information.

2.) Clearing a video through your YouTube account, using the built in form :

Being logged into your account, navigate to the video manager tab of the creator studio section. Next to your video you will notice that there is a “matched third party content” link. Follow that link. Next click the link that says “file a dispute”, select the radio box “I have a license or written permission from the proper rights holder to use this material”, and click continue. You will now be asked to briefly explain in writing the selection you just made.

In this message box, we recommend you enter the following statement, followed by the text from your license:

I have purchased a license to use the song “Title Of Song” by Tito Tahan from the website “titotahan.com or titotahanbeats.com“, and have the right to use the song on YouTube. I am pasting my license information below as proof:

* paste license info here *

Once the message box is filled, submit the form and you’re done! Claims using the YouTube form are usually cleared within 24 – 96 hours.

3.) Clearing a video directly through this website

If you would like assistance with clearing a third party content notice from your YouTube video a https://titotahan.com/copyright-clearance-form/ has been created on this site to help! Simply fill out the form and send us the required information and the clearing claim will be filed on your behalf.

Where can I locate the license I need to clear music using AdRev/YouTube/?

Once logged in, licenses can be downloaded from the downloads page.

Is there a way I can pre-clear a video before it goes live, or my YouTube channel entirely?

Yes, both can be done!

Pre-clearing a video

When you are uploading a video to YouTube, you have the option to set it as “unlisted”. When you select this option, the video is uploaded and a YouTube link will be generated, but the video will not yet be “live” for your subscribers to see. The video also will not posted to your channel.

After refreshing the video manager page, the matching third party content notice will display. Follow the instructions above on how to remove the notice, and wait for the notice to be disappear in the video manager. Once the notice is removed, switch your video to public, and you will be collecting monetized views (if you have it enabled) from the very beginning without interruption.

Pre-clearing your entire YouTube channel

If you have licensed at least three of my songs / beats previously you are eligible to have your entire channel white-listed from Content ID.

If you meet the minimum three song criteria and would like to pre-clear your entire YouTube channel (future uploads will not need to cleared individually and you won’t receive the “matched third party content” notices) please fill out and submit https://titotahan.com/copyright-clearance-form/. Please be aware that channels cannot have existing unresolved Content ID claims.

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