I just contacted Envato Support because of a big problem for every customer in Germany and maybe also other european countries
Problem is, that here in Germany, the local P.R.O. “GEMA” has the right to declare ALL (!!) Music as GEMA affiliated and collect fees for using the music, and it is up to the customer to prove that the music which is used is not GEMA affiliated.
Therefor every european company I used to work with selling royalty free music giving a certificate to the customer which declares tat the author(s) (and everyone involved) of the music is not a member of a P.R.O. and so the music is free of any charges for GEMA.
I just now got the answer from envato support, that it is not possible to get something which let a customer be able to declare that the music from Audio Jungle is free of P.R.O fees (if applicable). So every customer in Germany and as far as I know also Austria (and I think it will be similar in some other european countries) might need to pay a very high amount of money to GEMA etc, for using the music! That can be hundreds or even thousands of Euros!!!
So please, envato, please help your customers!!!
I also was advised to look to the buyer’s guide to P.R.O. Music, but what is written in there, is in parts simply wrong!
At least for german customers…
There’s written, that “it should be OK” to use the music in different situations. That’s mostly wrong! fact is that the customer has to pay for every single use of the music in every situation, so if a client wants to show a video with underlaying audio jungle music on his website he has to pay for that (usually even multiple times!!), if he wants to show it on a tradefair, he has to pay for that, if he wants to show it in his shops/point of sale, he has to pay for that. There’s also mentioned in the buyer’s guide that it “should be OK” using the music for “making a DVD, a video game or app”, that is simply wrong! GEMA wants a lot of money for that!!!
So it can be very very expensive for a customer here in Germany using music from Audio Jungle!
But why is it so difficult for you to help your customers with this problem?!? You already have the information if a certain author is P.R.O. member or not, and you also deliver a license certificate with every purchase. So it would be very easy in my opinion, to give the information in the certificate:
“we declare that the author of this music is not a member of any performing rights organisation worldwide and the music used is free of any further charges by performing rights organisations”
German and european providers can do so, so why can’t you?!?!?