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September 13, 2012


Spike Page

I hate to be a complainer, especially since I LOVE Magnatune and have tried to get as many folks as I know to join up too, but it makes me sad to see that I will no longer be able to use Magnatune music in not-for-profit video projects like the ones I've been putting on YouTube. Up until now, I've been following the Creative Commons practice outlined on this site by including song title, artist and Magnatune's URL in the credits. I gather from what I've just read that I will no longer be allowed to do that? The freedom to have quality LEGAL music in my not-for-profits video projects was a deciding factor in my signing up for lifetime membership. I appreciate that you have the right to "change the rules", but it does not ease the disappointment.

But I'm willing to give you benefit of the doubt and maybe I've misunderstood. Just two weeks ago I had to send YouTube a link to your CC license page and verify to them that I was a member. It made me right proud that they were satisfied with my claim that I wasn't violating any copyright laws and allowed me to keep my account.

If I'm wrong, please tell me so. Seems i could do with some good news this week.

Spike Page

Wow. :) Disregard my previous comment/complaint/concern. I had only been to the [LICENSE] link from your album page, which does not quite explain everything. After checking the License link in the main page header, I read at the bottom that CC license for nonprofit projects still applies.

:) :) :)

One of those rare times when I'm very happy to have been wrong :)


What's missing is a search box! I want to search for an artist or say "indian" but now I've to swarm through 100s of names

John from Magnatune

re: Spike Page and the unchanged Creative Commons use policy

I'm glad you figured it out! On every album page, on the bottom left, you'll see a "creative commons" logo. Click that, and you'll see that we continue to support noncommercial use of our music. You can read our (unchanged) policy here: http://magnatune.com/info/cc_licensed


re: Kumar and the missing search bar

There is a search box on the "music" page, just click on "search" in the left hand column, which brings you to this page: http://ilicensemusic.com/music?browse=Search -- and btw a search for "indian" brings up some decent results: http://ilicensemusic.com/music?search=indian


Peter Crossland

In the process of signing up with Magnatune. They seem to have a very forward thinking business model for independent artists. I am looking forward to being part of the label community, and the additional exposure that could bring for my music. I think iLicenseMusic.com could be a great source of revenue, for Magnatune, and their artists.

Forman Howes

I am a high school media arts teacher and I've had my students use Magnatunes for their projects (this was easier when you could license for non-profit and download for free). What I'm wondering now is if I can take out a subscription for the school and have students use that for their work using the CC license.

forman howes

John from Magnatune

What I'm wondering now is if I can take out a subscription for the school and have students use that for their work using the CC license.

Yes, the noncommercial (creative commons) license for members of Magnatune is still a key benefit for being a Magnatune member.

You can see our policy on this by clicking the creative commons logo which is on the bottom left of every music page, and which leads to this policy page:



How are the musicians paid in this arrangement? Also, how does this differ from a blanket license? If the music is used in film or TV, will the musician receive backend from his or her PRO?

John from Magnatune

Tim, as a Magnatune musician you should have received an email from me explaining this, but in case it was spamtrapped by your email program, I'll reproduce what I wrote in that email to my musicians:

1) a customer pays us $89 per month to have access to our web site
2) they click "license" on a song they want to use.
3) every month, 50% of that $89 goes to the musicians they licensed
4) most customers will probably only use a few songs now and then
5) if you're the only song they license, you get paid half their $1068 fee, every year, until/if they cancel. If two songs are licensed, the two of you split the fee (and etc...)

As to the PRO question: yes, you would continue to receive royalties from film/tv via your PRO (ie, ASCAP/BMI) as film theaters and tv channels separately pay fees to collecting societies and you would get your cut of that when the movie/tv show was aired with your music.


Thanks for the response. The message did indeed fail to make it through for some reason. I just changed my email to one that I hope will be less troublesome. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Number 5 is an interesting concept, and, as a Magnatune musician, very appealing. I'm looking forward to seeing how this works out.

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