Understanding music licensing for podcast episodes

Hi, I am starting a podcast and want to download a track called The Podcast by StepanBel. I will use the track throughout the podcast trailer (2 mins 15), and in the intro and outro of each episode of the podcast, which will be ongoing. I’m trying to understand whether ‘one end product’ refers to the podcast (ie one license will suffice for an entire series) or whether it means one episode, in which case I would need a separate license per episode. Also, would I be okay with the Music Standard License, which I could upgrade if I get more than 10,000 downloads? Thank you.

Hi Laura, I think I can help with some answers for you, although I’m not an Envato employee, only an author. My interpretation of your usage scenario is that the trailer could be considered a cut-down of your main podcast, so would be included with the licence for the podcast, unless there is any material added which would give it merit as a piece of creative work in its own right, for instance, if it has sound effects added and is cut in a way that makes it different from the podcast, or if it is a video trailer or has other media included. If that’s the case, then the trailer will need its own separate licence.

As for the main podcast series, there is a policy that is included with all music licences whereby if your end-product is a series, you can purchase just one licence and use it within that series for up to one year, or for up to 52 episodes. Usage past those limits means that you would need to purchase further licences (One for every 52 eps or every year, whichever comes first.)

Have a read of the Envato licence FAQ for more info:

Also, your point about upgrading the standard licence as your podcast approaches 10,000dls is a good way to go I think. I’m sure Envato would accommodate licence upgrades further down the line. It is mentioned in the FAQ, but it says to get in touch with their support team about it, which you can do so here: https://help.market.envato.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

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Hi there, thank you so much. I also emailed the Envato team directly, and they gave a similar response, although they said that I would need a separate license for the normal episode intro/outro, and one for the trailer too, regardless of the factors you mention. They also said that if I am publishing the episode on Spotify, then I would specifically need an additional broadcast license.

Thanks for your help! Laura

criskcracker
March 7

Hi Laura, I think I can help with some answers for you, although I’m not an Envato employee, only an author. My interpretation of your usage scenario is that the trailer could be considered a cut-down of your main podcast, so would be included with the licence for the podcast, unless there is any material added which would give it merit as a piece of creative work in its own right, for instance, if it has sound effects added and is cut in a way that makes it different from the podcast, or if it is a video trailer or has other media included. If that’s the case, then the trailer will need its own separate licence.

As for the main podcast series, there is a policy that is included with all music licences whereby if your end-product is a series, you can purchase just one licence and use it within that series for up to one year, or for up to 52 episodes. Usage past those limits means that you would need to purchase further licences (One for every 52 eps or every year, whichever comes first.)

Have a read of the Envato licence FAQ for more info:

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Also, your point about upgrading the standard licence as your podcast approaches 10,000dls is a good way to go I think. I’m sure Envato would accommodate licence upgrades further down the line. It is mentioned in the FAQ, but it says to get in touch with their support team about it, which you can do so here: https://help.market.envato.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

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Ahh, interesting. Well, thanks for the feedback. I didn’t know that about the Spotify thing, that’s oddly specific. I wonder why they consider streaming audio on Spotify as ‘broadcast use’ but streaming videos on YouTube as ‘most web uses’. I suppose they have their reasons.
Glad that you got the answers that you were looking for. :slight_smile:

This is news to me. If it’s not a mistake, then some sort of announcement would have been good, or at least an updating of the license FAQ.

Without that, my assumption is that support made a mistake and should get acquainted with their own terms.

This is what they said. Do let me know if you think it’s incorrect, as I have already purchased the broadcast license. Thanks

"Podcasts are generally only ‘aired’ online so a standard license would suffice (barring a download limit of 10,000), but if this is for Radio or another broadcasted service (including Spotify), then the appropriate broadcast license will be required in accordance with your audience size, which can be determined here: License FAQ | AudioJungle "

I do think it’s incorrect. Unfortunately, my opinion is not binding.

In any case, it’s the first time I ever read Envato considered Spotify as a broadcast use. If this is indeed the case, how would you go about assessing your potential audience? Spotify is a global platform with a potential reach of several hundred millions and would thus require the highest license (Broadcast and Films), which makes no sense in the context of a podcast.

Hi, Can you help me please?