Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Music Copyright – but were afraid to ask

Copyright is a massive part of the music industry – it’s what protects you music as intellectual property and everyone else’s. An understanding of copyright is vital to navigating the world of music legally when releasing music.
We’ve compiled all our main resources on copyright so you can brush up and get up to date with all you need to know about copyrights and music.

The super guide to copyright

http://routenote.com/blog/protect-your-music-a-guide-for-artists-on-copyright/

What different music licenses mean

http://routenote.com/blog/what-different-music-licenses-mean/

How to copyright your music

http://routenote.com/blog/how-to-copyright-your-music/

Protect your music and ensure it’s legit

http://routenote.com/blog/how-to-protect-your-music-and-understand-copyrights/

Do I Need To Start a Record Label to Distribute My Music

A few distribution companies out there claim that you need a record label to get your music online. This IS NOT the case!

Any artist can now distribute their music to the world’s largest online stores and streaming services without having to start a record label first. Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, Amazon, and many more can all be home to your music for free.

When uploading your music to RouteNote and other distributors we ask for a label name (as this is required by a lot of stores and streaming services). However if you don’t have a label or any associated name it’s totally fine! You can put any name you like there, whether it be your artist name, an alias, a collective, or the name of a label you would like to start.

Just make sure it’s not an existing label name or a copyrighted name and you’re set to get your music out to the world.

Start distributing your music today for Free or keep 100% of your royalties for a small charge at www.RouteNote.com.

Does RouteNote Have an Affiliate or Referral Program?

Yes.

RouteNote offers a referral program to all our users.

  • Sign into RouteNote
  • Click the Artist Services tab in the Header Bar
  • Then Referral Program

It’s very simple, all you need to do is provide your friends/peers/website traffic either your referral link or your referral code. When they sign-up using your referral information you automatically qualify for 2% of their earnings from all releases under our Free Model.

But don’t worry! This does not affect their earnings at all, the 2% you earn comes directly from our 15% cut. Everyone’s a winner!

Can I Choose Only Specific Stores and Streaming Services To Distribute My Music?

Yes.

When you create your release you are asked in the Choose Stores section about which stores and streaming services you would like to distribute your music to.

You can select as much or as few as you want. However, data suggests that consumers do not move between services just to listen to specific music, so if you choose only a select number of stores you might be missing out on a lot of fans and royalties.

Can I Upload DJ Mixes or Remixes with RouteNote to Distribute to Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and other stores or streaming services

ONLY official remixes or DJ Mixes in which you have signed rights to all tracks within the mix, can be uploaded to Spotify, Apple Music, and other stores and streaming services around the world.

Our moderation team comb through every release added to RouteNote and if they need to see the contract they might drop you a message.

It is not possible to upload a song with an uncleared sample.

Can I Give Away My Music for Free on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Other Music Stores?

Currently there is no way to give your music away for Free on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and other stores.

If you see a song available for free download in iTunes, this is because the iTunes editorial team made that decision.

However, if you have previously given away your music online then we still suggest adding your music to the iTunes store. With some artists we have found that their fans like to use iTunes downloads like a tip jar to support the artists.