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FAQ for Authors

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  • General

    How can I become an author?

    To become an author and sell your files on the library, you need to register as a seller. Read the Terms carefully and register for a seller account here. If you already have an account as a buyer, you will need to register for a new seller account.

    Why do I need to submit three files before being approved as a seller?

    Due to the high number of submissions, we ask all authors to upload three of their best music tracks to begin with the application process. If approved, your seller account will become active and your files will be added to the catalog.

    Which styles of music sell best in the library?

    We specialize in production music / royalty free music / stock music. Most customers will use your music as a background for YouTube videos, games, apps, infomercials and advertising. This means music should be simple, and maintain a steady tempo and mood. Overly complex melodies, structures and time signatures, as well as mood changes throughout the composition are not recommended.

    Can I remove my files or cancel my account?

    In order to provide a quality service, files with at least one sale cannot be deleted from the catalog. This is to ensure your customers can always download their purchased files if needed. For this same reason, accounts with at least one sale cannot be deleted.
    If you are sure you want to remove any unsold files from your catalog, open a support ticket from your seller profile and we will help you with the process.

    Requirements

    What are the requirements to be accepted in the library?

    In order to become a seller, you must own full rights to the music you want to sell. Additionally, all submitted files should meet our minimum quality standards. For more information, please read our Music Upload Guide. Review times for submitted items may vary depending on the amount of files on queue.

    What are the technical requirements for audio files?

    1. All music files must be submitted as MP3 VBR -V0 (Variable Bitrate with maximum quality) at 44.1kHz.
    2. Preview files should be encoded as MP3 VBR -V5 (Variable Bitrate with medium quality) at 44.1kHz and must include the AudioBanana watermark.
    3. The maximum length for main audio files is 5 minutes.
    4. The average loudness of your track should be around -12 LUFS.
    5. Noise, distortion or any other audio artifacts should be avoided.
    6. To simplify the encoding and watermarking process of your files, you can use the AudioBanana Watermarking Utility. For more informatio, please read our Music Upload Guide.

    Can I use commercial loops in my compositions?

    You can use audio loops in your compositions as long as you own the rights to use them commercially. Additionally, some loop libraries are known for triggering Content ID claims. Always incorporate two or more creative elements on top of any audio loops, as loops in their original form can trigger Content ID claims. If you incorporate loops in your audio tracks, please upload them to YouTube and make sure no third-party copyright claims are triggered.

    Can I sell my music in other stock music libraries?

    Yes. Our deal is non-exclusive, which means you can sell your music in any other stock music library. Please be aware that some libraries register their catalog with Content ID. In order to sell here, you must make sure you are able to clear any copyright notices for your clients; for this reason tracks can only be registered with Content ID through AdRev. Failure to comply with this requirement can get your account banned.

    Commission Rates

    What are the commission rates? How much can I earn?

    All authors start with Premium status and earn 60% (sixty percent) of every sold license in a non-exclusive deal.

    What are the requirements to become a Premium Author?

    To become a Premium author you must agree to the following terms:

    1.- Your tracks cannot be part of any third-party monetization program like CDBaby, Magnatune, Rumblefish, Audiosocket, TuneCore, Audiam, etc. Content ID registration is only allowed through AdRev.
    2.- Your tracks will occasionally be eligible to become part of the free files of the month. We will only select one file from your portfolio, which will be re-added to the paid library the following month.
    3.- You need to actively participate in our Community Forums and help other fellow authors.

    *Users with no activity on the forums for more than two months can be demoted to Regular status.
    Regular authors earn 40% (forty percent) of every sold license on the site.

    If you agree to these terms you can register for a seller account here: Seller Account Registration.

    What does a "non-exclusive deal" mean?

    It means you are free to sell your music files in any other stock or royalty free library. Please be aware that some libraries register their catalog with Content ID. In order to sell your music on audiobanana.com, you must make sure you are able to clear any copyright notices for your clients; for this reason tracks can only be registered with Content ID through AdRev. Failure to comply with this requirement can get your account banned.

    Content ID and Monetization Services

    What is Content ID?

    Content ID is a digital fingerprinting technology that allows you to monitor the use of your music in YouTube and other digital media channels. When a user uploads a video with a Content ID registered track to YouTube, a Content ID claim will appear and YouTube will either run ads on the video or mute the audio track. Customers who purchase a license from our site can remove the claim by uploading their License Certificate. This will stop the copyright notice and allow the customer to monetise the video.

    What does this mean to me as an author?

    All licenses offered on our site allow commercial use and monetization. This means our customers should be able to dispute any copyright claims on their videos and remove any ads running on them. At this time, we only accept tracks registered with Content ID through AdRev. AdRev lets you manage your content directly and remove any copyright claims on your customers' videos.
    1. In order to sell tracks registered with Content ID, you must be able to clear any copyright claims on your clients' content promptly, and assist them in the best of your ability.
    2. You must request AdRev to remove your music from the YouTube AudioSwap program.

    Failure to comply with this requirements will result in your account being banned.

    Can I sell music registered with other monetization services like CDBaby, Magnatune, Rumblefish, Audiosocket, TuneCore, Audiam, etc?

    No. At this time we only accept tracks registered through AdRev. This is to ensure that our customers can easily remove any copyright claims on their videos. Submitting files registered with any other monetization service might get your account banned.

    For more information about AdRev, please visit their website here.

    I found a YouTube video using one of my music tracks, but the track has zero sales. How is this possible?

    If your tracks are registered with AdRev, they might have been added to the YouTube’s Audio Swap library. If unauthorized use of your track is detected, YouTube will give the user the option to swap the infringing audio for your AdRev registered track. This will run ads on the video and give you the ability to monetize it. For more information, please read Section 4b of AdRev’s Terms of Service here.

    If you find one of your tracks in the Audio Swap Program, please send an email to AdRev and ask them to be removed.

    Payments

    When will I get paid?

    Payments are made between the 10th and 15th of the month following your sales, as long as your account balance reaches a minimum of $50 US dollars.

    How do I get paid? Which payment methods are available?

    All commission payments are made through PayPal. To add a PayPal account to your profile, please go to your Profile > My Commission > Settings and enter the email linked to your PayPal account. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can sign-up for one here.

    PayPal is not available in my country. Are there any alternative payment methods for authors?

    At this time, we can only pay our authors through PayPal. We are working on implementing other payment methods.

    PayPal is deducting a transaction fee from my commission. Why is this happening?

    We believe libraries should pay for any fees when paying commissions to authors. PayPal offers this as a service called Mass Payments. For some reason, this service is only offered to selected accounts. We'll keep working on getting this service available. In the meantime you will see the standard transaction fee deducted from your payment. This is totally out of our control and we apologize for this inconvenience.

    Sale Reversals and Refunds

    One of my sales disappeared. What happened?

    We might reverse a sale under very specific circumstances. For example, if a customer buys the wrong track and has not downloaded your file. Another possible scenario would be the use of a stolen credit card to purchase your file. In this case, it is the payment gateway who might decide to reverse the sale.

    My account balance is showing a negative number. What is going on?

    This is an unusual situation that can only happen under the following scenario:

    1. You made a sale and got paid at the beginning of the month following that sale, leaving your account balance at zero.
    2. The sale is reversed by PayPal because a stolen credit card was used to purchase your item.
    3. The commission from the cancelled sale is deducted from your balance, leaving a negative number.

    We understand this is a very frustrating situation and we do our best to prevent this from happening. Although PayPal has a robust fraud detection system, sometimes illegal purchases are not detected immediately. When a payment gateway decides to reverse a sale, the situation is out of our hands and there is nothing we can do about it. We apologize if this situation has happened to you.

Ready to start selling? Register for a seller account here.


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