Copyright License & Agreement

Latest Version August 2020

The following copyright terms, agreement, and license ("COPYRIGHT TERMS") apply to all products ("PRODUCTS") (both premium & free products) offered on our website ("https://stickz.co/"). By accessing, purchasing, downloading, or using our products, you agree that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound to the following copyright terms. If you're not eligible, do not agree to the following copyright terms, or did not purchase or download our products through our website and illegally obtained them through a third-party, you do not have our permission to use our products for both commercial and non-commercial use.

Product Content Definitions

With the term "PRESETS", we refer to sound extensions created explicitly for other software synth-instruments such as Serum, Sylenth1, and others. They usually include but are not limited to the file-type ".FXP" / ".FXB"

With the term "SAMPLES", we refer to short audio clips playing back sounds such as drum one-shots, synth one-shots, loops, and more. They usually include but are not limited to the file-type ".WAV" / ".MP3" / ".FLAC" / ".MID"

With the term "PROJECT FILES", we refer to our original Digital Audio Workstation sessions. They usually include but are not limited to the file-type ".FLP" / ".ALS" / ".LOGICX"

100% Royalty-Free License

2.1 The "PRESETS" and "SAMPLES" in our products are licensed to you, not sold to you. All rights not expressly granted to the user are reserved. On the other hand, "PROJECT FILES" are neither licensed to you nor sold to you, and are completely excluded from our 100% royalty-free license and can not be used for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.

2.2 Only the original purchaser of our product has a legal right to use the contained "PRESETS" and "SAMPLES" within their own "original" music compositions and/or in advertisements, soundtracks, and television or film productions. The content can be used for both commercial and non-commercial use. However, it may not be used to create any competitive product, such as a Sample Pack, Sample CD, Sample DVD, Virtual Instrument, Expansion Pack, or any other collection of sound or loop elements in any format. This includes the download and use of free products from our website.

2.3 The "PRESETS" and "SAMPLES" may not be used "isolated". They must be used within the context of a musical piece mixed with additional parts.

2.4 The "PROJECT FILES" for our Artist Edition products contain "MUSICAL CONTENT" such as original chords, melodies, and more that do not belong to us, but rather to the original artist and/or label that the product is inspired by. The musical content of these project files are excluded from our 100% royalty-free license and may not be used for both commercial and non-commercial use.

2.5 The "PROJECT FILES" of all products (excluding Artist Edition products) contain "MUSICAL CONTENT" such as original chords, melodies, and more that belong to Stickz. The musical content of these project files are excluded from our 100% royalty-free license and may not be used for both commercial and non-commercial use. (More info on other restrictions and allowances can be found at "4 - Products That Are Excluded From Our 100% Royalty-Free License".

2.6 You may not re-sell our products or pass it on to a third party as this license is non-transferable.

2.7 All "PRESETS" and "SAMPLES" contained in our products are expressed as "royalty-free", meaning you can use the samples and presets in a compilation, sell that compilation and not have to pay any royalties or recurring fees to Stickz or its affiliations.

2.8 All copying, lending, duplicating, re-selling, renting, uploading, file sharing, or unauthorized trading of our content (or any part of our content) is prohibited by international copyright law.

Products that fall under our 100% royalty-free license

All "PRESETS" and "SAMPLES" offered on our site fall under our 100% royalty-free license. This means that you are allowed to use all presets and samples contained in these products, as described in the copyright license agreement above ("2 - 100% Royalty-Free License").

Products that are excluded from our 100% royalty-free license

All "PROJECT FILES" offered on our website are excluded from our 100% royalty-free license. The musical content of each project file (excluding Artist Edition products) belongs to Stickz. This means you are not allowed to use the musical piece contained in any project file offered on our website and claim it as your own musical piece, re-sell or re-distribute it.

Under certain circumstances, we may allow you to use our project files for commercial use under our 100% royalty-free license; however, only under specific restrictions. If this is something you're interested in, thoroughly read through the following restrictions, and reach out to us if you should have any questions or do not understand some restrictions, to prevent any copyright infringement. For you to be able to claim one of our project files as your own work, you have to heavily change the musical content and make your version sound melodically different from our original project file by changing our original chords and melodies to your own original chords and melodies. To avoid any copyright violations, send us your modified version to support@stickz.co. We will happily give your version of our project a listen and let you know if you changed it enough to the point where you can claim it as your own work and use it commercially.

Credits and use of the likeness of others

If you use any of our products in your original work, you may not use our likeness ("Stickz") as a featured artist, composer, or producer. Without our permission, any use of our likeness is strictly prohibited. This includes the use of our royalty-free vocals that some products contain. If these vocals are used in your original work, you are strictly prohibited from using our likeness or the likeness of the original vocal artist that provided the vocal samples to us.

FAQ about our 100% royalty-free license

Q: Do I have 100% ownership of my composition if I use your samples and presets?
A: Yes, you'll have full ownership of your composition. However, note that you don't own the copyright to the samples and presets. Other customers can use the same samples and presets without infringing your copyright and vice-versa.

Q: If I use the same samples and presets as another producer, am I infringing on their work?
A: No. Neither do you or another producer who uses the same sounds, have an exclusive license to our samples and presets. So many users may use the same samples and presets.

Q: Do I need to give credits if I use your samples and presets?
A: No. That's the whole point of a royalty-free license. It allows you to utilize our samples and presets without having to give us any credits or royalties. Using our name within your work without our permission is even strictly prohibited.

Q: Do I keep this license if I refund a premium product?
A: Yes, you do. Although you'll lose access to download the product in the future, if you should lose access to it, you won't lose this license if you refund a product and can continue using it as described above.

Q: If I use an unedited, isolated loop as the beginning of my composition, is that covered by the royalty-free license?
A: Because the sample is included in a larger composition, the sample is covered by the royalty-free license even if the sample is solo'd at some point in the track.

Distribution Advice

Please note that the following is just advice on how to distribute your original work containing vocals or loops from us. If you do not want to follow this advice, you can freely do so, as our vocals and loops are 100% royalty-free and you can choose how you want to distribute your own work.

The following advice is solely meant to help with unnecessary copyright issues regarding content ID systems available on platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and others.

If you use a full vocal from us, vocal chop loops, instrument loops, or other melody loops, consider sending two versions of your original work to your distributor. One regular version that you can let your distributor distribute across all sorts of streaming platforms, however, that you exclude from content ID systems. And a second version, where you remove all of our vocals, vocal chop loops, instrument loops, etc. and tell your distributor not to distribute that version on streaming platforms, and use it for content ID purposes only.

As mentioned in our copyright policy above, all of our samples and loops are not sold to you but licensed to you. Meaning that if you use a full vocal from us, another producer can use the same vocal without infringing on your copyright and vice-versa.

Sending two different versions of your work to your distributor, one to distribute on streaming platforms and another version solely for content ID, helps avoid false content claims.

For example, if you and another one of our customers use the same full vocal sample and both of you distribute only one version of your work that contains that full vocal sample, the chances are high that content ID systems will flag both songs and claim that your work is that of the other customer and vice-versa.

However, as mentioned above, you can use our royalty-free content just as much as any other customer. If this should ever happen to you, you can always dispute claims and let the claimant know that you used a royalty-free loop or sample that you have rights for. However, the whole purpose of this advice is to avoid having to do that in the first place. If you should have any questions regarding this advice, feel free to reach out to us using the info below.

Contact Us

If you have any additional questions, please contact support@stickz.co