Firstly, most other production music libraries will only claim the rights to “represent” a certain catalogue or a number of tracks for a certain period of time. This means that the quality and direction of the catalogue is often difficult to predict. Epidemic Sound is a meticulously curated library and has bought and paid for every single track since its conception in 2009 with the sole purpose of becoming the production music library with the highest quality in the world.
Secondly, other production music libraries are only able to offer the synchronization and the mechanical rights for a one off fee. This is what they mean by the term “Royalty Free” – the user only pays a one-off fee to the library for the license to use the music in the production, and then the deal with the library is done. However, the music is not cleared for public performance and the company broadcasting the music still needs to pay recurring public performance fees to collecting societies in every country in which the music is broadcast, forever.
The Epidemic Sound license includes all three rights: mechanical rights, synchronization, and public performance. The monthly license fee and the yearly license fee covers everything!
Many production music libraries use the term Royalty Free when marketing their product. Epidemic Sound, however, is the only production music library in the world that makes a complete copyright transaction with its authors.
Please be advised that music that has been cleared for public performance in the United States has NOT automatically been cleared for public performance anywhere else in the world. This means that if you put content online from US based “Royalty Free Libraries”, collecting societies outside of the US may have a right to collect on such material.