Frequently Asked Questions
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What happens if I cancel my membership?
Short Answer: Nothing.
Once I download a track, can I use it multiple times for multiple projects?
Short Answer: Yes.
If you choose to cancel your subscription, you cannot use our content in new projects. In addition, for each use of music that is broadcast on network/cable television, a cue sheet is required.
Can I re-download or use downloaded content after my subscription expires?
Short Answer: No.
Long Answer: If you choose to cancel your subscription, you cannot re-download or use our content in new projects.
Can I cancel whenever? What about refunds?
Short Answer: Yes and no.
Long Answer: You are able to cancel your account at any time. Requests to cancel within the first 30 days of the initial subscription period may be entitled to a refund if you have not used any of our content. A refund will not be issued for failure to cancel your account before the billing period renews, and annual cancellations are not entitled to a prorated refund. You will not be eligible for any prorated refund of any portion of the subscription fee paid for during the subscription period. Should you believe a refund or credit to your account is deserved, contact our Customer Support department at email@example.com — we will review this request promptly.
How often do you add new content?
Short Answer: Often.
Long Answer: We add music to our library every Friday; typically 250-500 songs are added each month. Our sound effects catalog is updated quarterly; generally 5,000+ at a time. Our video catalog is continuously curated and growing to provide the most relevant and up-to-date content for our customers.
Do you have a formal legal license agreement to look at?
What are your restrictions?
Short Answer: Nudity and live performances.
Long Answer: We only have a couple restrictions. The first is the use of any content licensed from Soundstripe with nudity. Live performances of our music are also prohibited.
Do I need to provide a Cue Sheet for Broadcast on TV? What are Cue Sheets?
Short Answer: Yes, for music only.
Long Answer: You can license our content for commercial purposes, but a cue sheet is required if the project is broadcast on network/cable television. When using a Soundstripe song for TV, cue sheets help the performing rights organizations know whom to pay for the use of that song. Broadcast and cue sheets do not add any cost to you or your client but are required to be submitted within 30 days of air date for every project that airs on network/cable television. Sound effects and videos do not require cue sheet submission for broadcast use.
Can I pay by E-Check?
Short Answer: No.
Long Answer: Currently, we only have the ability to accept 16-digit credit/debit cards, and PayPal.
Do you have a partner or affiliate program I can sign up for?
Short Answer: Yes.
Long Answer: Yes we do! Click here to apply. You will be contacted in 24-48 hours.
What type of plan do I need?
Short Answer: It’s up to you!
Long Answer: We have three types of content in our catalog: Music, Video & SFX. We offer standalone options, and bundled plans. All of our plans are also available with the option to choose an Individual or Team account.
Don’t need a subscription plan? We also offer Single Song transactions here.
You can choose the right plan and/or offering for you here.
Can I use music from Soundstripe to create my own song?
Short Answer: No.
Long Answer: All of the content on our site is copyrighted material, so altering the integrity of the song (including adding vocals or additional instruments) is strictly prohibited. However, you may shorten, loop, or fade into another track to fit your project.
Can I use Soundstripe content for my podcast?
Short Answer: Yes!
Long Answer: Music may be used for podcasts, too! Songs and SFX can be downloaded once and used as many times as you like throughout your active subscription. If your subscription expries, you no longer have the rights to use downloaded content in future podcast episodes.
When purchasing a Lifetime License, you generate just one license for the song allowing you to use the song in multiple podcast episodes, in perpetuity.
What is YouTube's Content ID?
Copyright owners can use a system called Content ID to easily identify and manage their content on YouTube. Videos uploaded to YouTube are scanned against a database of files that have been submitted to YouTube by content owners.
Copyright owners get to decide what happens when content in a video on YouTube matches a work they own. When a match is found, the video gets a Content ID claim. Copyright owners can then choose to monetize the video by running ads.
What happens if I receive a content claim on my YouTube video?
When you upload a video to YouTube, YouTube will automatically scan the video for any copyrighted material and put a claim on any copyrighted content it identifies, whether or not the uploader has a license for that content. This claim simply recognizes the presence of copyrighted music and does not mean that your video cannot be published or that there is anything wrong.
When you license music through Soundstripe, you have all of the licensing rights needed to upload content to a YouTube channel. Any claims received on a channel that has been listed with Soundstripe will automatically be cleared, usually within a few minutes. If the YouTube channel is not listed with your account or you are creating videos for a client, you should generate a single use code and include that code in the video’s description upon upload. These codes will also cause any claims to clear automatically.
As with any system, YouTube’s Content ID is a growing and changing product, and errors do sometimes happen. If you receive a content claim in error that does not release automatically, you can dispute the claim directly with YouTube. Filing a dispute claim will notify Soundstripe about the claim and allow us to evaluate the dispute. After your claim is resolved, any monetization that occurred on your video during the dispute process will be returned to you. Additional questions or concerns? Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why should I list my YouTube channel with Soundstripe?
Adding your YouTube channel to your Soundstripe account allows us to programmatically clear any content claims that appear through YouTube videos. You may get a content claim on YouTube, but if your channel is listed with Soundstripe, the claim should automatically clear, usually within a few minutes. If not, please reach out to email@example.com and let us know how we can help.
Do I need to list the YouTube channels for all of my previous YouTube videos uploaded before June 2, 2021?
Nope! All videos using licensed Soundstripe music that were uploaded to YouTube prior to June 2, 2021 will be automatically grandfathered into our content claim program and cleared. You may see a content claim on these videos at some point, but that claim will be released automatically, usually within minutes.
What happens to my YouTube channel if I no longer subscribe to Soundstripe?
Your registered YouTube channel will be cleared of content claims automatically while you are a member. If you end your subscription, any content that has already been cleared while you were an active member will remain free of content claims. However, if you upload new videos to your YouTube channel using Soundstripe music after your subscription has ceased, those videos will be subject to content claims per our Terms of Service.
Single use codes used to clear individual videos for channels not listed with Soundstripe cannot be generated after a subscription expires. If you are producing YouTube content that will be uploaded after your subscription period ends, please generate a single use code for any songs used in a project prior to the end of your subscription period.
How do I protect my client’s channel from content claims?
Music licensed for videos that will be uploaded to a client’s channel (or any channel not listed under your Soundstripe account) will be automatically cleared of content claims through single use codes.
For each song used in a video, a single use code should be generated from the Download Modal or Licenses page. The code(s) should be copied and pasted into the video’s description when it is uploaded to YouTube in a single line of text using the following format:
For multiple songs in one video, this format can be used:
Code: PVOCJJYPJAOBRUIE, PKISNVTEJAOBLWUN, RNQEJJOCBNOBQXUR
This code will allow Soundstripe to recognize that the song(s) were licensed through an active subscription and any related content claims will be automatically cleared, usually within minutes.
For songs with a lifetime license, a new single use code will need to be generated for each new use of a song in a video.
If I list my channel with Soundstripe, what data do you have access to?
When you list your YouTube channel on your Soundstripe account, you are simply providing your channel name and link, allowing us to clear that channel ID. Soundstripe does not gain access to any private channel data, or access to your audience.