Thats right. I call bullshit.
Whenever I buy a beat online, I sign an agreement for rights to it. Just to spare you, I'm gonna tell you right now that's its confusing as shit. But hey, some rights are better than no rights.
(exclusive rights vs non exclusive rights.. what I get = Exclusive means no one else can use the beat, Non-exclusive, anyone can use it) and the difference in price is huge. I get the beats for 30 bucks, exclusive rights can range from 200 to fuckin a millions bucks if they wanted to negotiate that. (even though I doubt someone would pay that much)
the part that really irks me tho; is that "non profit" part in all of em. Now I'm not gonna go too into detail, but I'm just gonna tell you what it feels like. It feels like control. They (producers) want control. Everyone in the music industry does, so I don't blame em.
But producers, you gotta understand there are certain things that are out of control of the artist and the producer. Like the amount of times a song gets streamed. If I'm distributing the song, and it gets streamed a millions times, that money (mind you it still isn't that much) goes directly into my account. That's out of my control.
Now you've been credited. On all the songs I distribute. So if you were smart, you would just hit me up after I've started profiting (after $30 for what I paid for the beat)... and split the funds with me. Win-win. But instead each producer will say the beats can be used, for promotional rights only, not for profit. Which in essence is like firing the first shot. My initial knee-jerk reaction is, SUE ME.
But going back, if you just think logically, its not up to you or me whether or not a profit is made. Its up to the listeners; the people. So although it's bullshit, for you to write an agreement that says I can't make profit; I'm just gonna request and suggest, you figure out who is making profit... and make sure to collect half your royalties.
That makes sense to me.
But my guess is you're not gonna do all that work; cuz you know how hard it is to make $30 on streaming services. It takes a lot a lot of streams just for that. So if you don't collect your half, it's not my fault you didn't do your job.