AKM-free music means that neither the composition nor the lyrics of a piece of music are registered with the AKM, or that the author is not a member of the AKM. Here, the author takes care of the sub-licensing of his/her music himself/herself.
Depending on the type of exploitation (e.g. use as background music for an image film), a one-time license fee is charged and no further costs are incurred by collecting societies for the licensee (the customer).
On TerraSound.com all music tracks are not only GEMA-free (more info about the term Royalty free music on the home page), but also AKM-free and SUISA-free.
The great advantage of using AKM-free music is the payment of a one-time license for the corresponding type of exploitation. For example, for the use of AKM-free music from TerraSound.de in an image film, license 1 must be purchased once - then the film can be published on the Internet (YouTube and website) and also shown at trade fairs & events without incurring additional fees from collecting societies.
Studio quality music (WAV, 44.1kHz, 16Bit), incl. invoice and GEMA exemption certificate.
AKM is the largest copyright society in Austria and virtually the Austrian equivalent of GEMA. AKM is organized as a cooperative and belongs to authors, composers and music publishers.
Just like the GEMA represents the AKM the rights of the composers and lyricists who wrote the songs. When music is played on the radio or at public events, for example, or made available on the Internet/mobile networks, the music authors are entitled to fair payment for this under copyright law.
The AKM collects these royalties in trust and passes them on to the composers, songwriters and publishers on a pro rata basis according to fixed accounting rules. The AKM itself is left with no profit - only the operating expenses incurred are deducted before distribution.
AKM now represents the copyrights of around 20,000 members (composers, lyricists, music publishers) in Austria.
Music is AKM-exempt if it is not protected by copyright or related rights and thus no royalties have to be paid to the authors, composers or publishers (represented in Austria by AKM - Autoren, Komponisten, Musikverleger). This is the case, for example, if the composer / author is not a member of the AKM. The music of our composers on TerraSound.de is 100% AKM-free!
AKM-free music is not necessarily free, but it is free of royalties and license fees that normally have to be paid to AKM (authors, composers, music publishers) in Austria.
In many cases, AKM-free music is indeed free of charge, especially if the author is not registered with AKM or another collecting society or has published his music under a Creative Commons license that allows free use.
For private persons we offer on TerraSound.de some AKM-free (GEMA-free) music pieces download free of charge
Music is copyright-free if it is not protected by copyright or if the author has released the music for free use. In general, there are two main categories of music that are considered copyright-free:
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