Licensing FAQ

Q: Are all samples from Sounds Like You royalty-free?

A: Yes. You have a broad royalty-free license for every sample that you download from Sounds Like You.


Q: Can I use these samples for commercial use?

A: The license for samples you download from Sounds Like You can be used for commercial and non-commercial uses so long as you comply with our Terms of Use.


Q: What are the limitations of this license?

A: You may not use Sounds as standalone sound effects or loops, or to create new samples or compete with Sounds Like You. You also may not transfer, broadcast, stream, redistribute or use your Sound except as incorporated into a music product.


Q: Do I have 100% ownership of my composition if I use a Sounds Like You sample?

A: You have ownership of your composition made with Sounds Like You samples, but as a reminder, you don’t own the copyright to samples. Other Sounds Like You users can use the same samples without infringing on your track and vice versa.


Q: Can I register my creative work for a copyright?

A: We encourage you to explore your options to register a copyright in your work. While we do not prohibit you from doing so, copyright law will dictate whether or not you are eligible for registration.


Q: If another producer uses the same sample(s) as me in their work, is my work infringing on their work?

A: We do not grant users exclusive licenses, so many users may use the same sample.


Q: What do you mean by not being able to use the “likeness” of an artist in my work?

A: Based on our terms of service, you cannot use the name or likeness of creators whose samples are distributed on Sounds Like You. Some examples of using the name of likeness of a sample creator would be to include a photo of them when promoting your track, crediting them as a feature on your track, and/or including them as a contributor to the track for splitting royalties.


Q: Do I need to give Sounds Like You or any other individual/entity credit when registering with a PRO (publishing rights organization) like ASCAP or BMI?

A: Sounds Like You or its creator Man like You is not a co-owner of your track, so no need to credit either when registering with a PRO.


Q: Do I need to give the creator of the sample credit?

A: No.


Q: Can I use samples from Sounds Like You in a composition I’m creating for a movie or video game?

A: You can use our samples in a composition. If you wish for your composition to be included in an audio-visual work, you have that option being the full owner of your composition.


Q: If I use an unedited, isolated loop as the beginning of my composition, is that covered by the royalty-free license?

A: Because the sample is included in a larger composition, the sample is covered by the royalty-free license even if the sample is solo'd at some point in the track.


Q: What would be considered a sample in isolation?

A: Using a sample in isolation, in reference to our terms of service, would be taking a sample from Sounds Like You Music and not using the sample with other audio elements.


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