Royalty Free Music
Obtaining ‘Royalty Free Music’ is a bit like obtaining a free lunch. The purveyors of this material say you can use as much music as you like from their repertoire – just give them your money and it is yours.
One would imagine that you retain a copyright in your production and therefore you may benefit from any success that your production has in the future (more copies sold or broadcast etc) Those who believe in the existence of copyright in music, whereby their works are used in a third party production believe that their contribution should also share in any future success of the production.
Hence a system of licensing is set up which basically means that the producer only has to pay for what he uses. No money up front for a set catalogues of works but freedom of choice from many suppliers of copyright music. You only have to pay for what you use. Makes sense from cash strapped ‘Copyright Free’ suppliers.