Upcoming changes to our Performing Rights Organization (P.R.O.) policy on AudioJungle

UPDATE (Oct 4th)

This policy change is now live. For more information see our launch announcement here.

Key points / TL;DR

  • In 4-weeks time, we’ll be releasing an update to our policy and platform that allows Performing Rights Organization (P.R.O.) registered music to be sold on AudioJungle.
  • Authors MUST complete the P.R.O details in their author settings before the launch date (October 4th 2016) or their AudioJungle portfolios will be disabled.
  • AudioJungle users should familiarize themselves with the new update to our policy and related Help Articles: one for authors, and one for customers. No TL;DR here, you’ll definitely want to check these out from beginning to end!
  • AudioJungle users should familiarize themselves with the updated Music License terms.

Hey AudioJungle,

At the end of last year, we shared an update around the Performing Rights Organizations (P.R.O.) policy and introduced a new author setting to help us better understand and prepare for a potential change to our current policy.

We know that Performing Rights Organization (P.R.O.) registered music has continued to be an important topic to many of you, and for those of you who have long expressed your support of it we’re happy to share that as of October 4th 2016 (in 4-weeks time), we’ll be releasing an update to our policy and platform that allows Performing Rights Organization (P.R.O.) registered music to be sold on AudioJungle.

What we’ve done

To help ensure a consistent experience and music offering for customers, as part of this new policy there are some additional settings & requirements for all AudioJungle authors, expectations for authors who wish to sell P.R.O. music, and information for customers on what P.R.O. music is and means for them.

Most of the details (including screenshots) can be found in two new P.R.O. related articles we’ll be publishing to our Help Center, which you can have a read here:

  1. One for authors, outlining responsibilities and considerations should you choose to register your music with a P.R.O. Whether you plan to sell P.R.O. music on AudioJungle or not, you’ll definitely want to check out this article.
  2. Another in-depth article for customers, outlining what P.R.O. music is and what it means for projects using AudioJungle music, along with other helpful information. Check out the article here.

And additionally there are some related updates to our Music Licenses terms.

Overall, we believe this policy update will ensure AudioJungle is able to offer customers the highest quality and most diverse music from the world’s most talented composers. Additionally, the update will help to provide greater clarity and transparency on AudioJungle for both customers and authors alike, and help support the most sustainable and flexible marketplace ecosystem for our community.

What you need to know

This is a significant change and we want to give everyone time to familiarize themselves with the new policy information, as well as provide us with the necessary P.R.O. details in your author settings if you have not already.

To highlight a few of the key changes from the above articles:

  • With the upcoming change to this policy, we’ll be introducing a finalized author setting for you to set whether or not your AudioJungle account will be affiliated with a P.R.O.
  • Due to differing local laws around the world, and to make things clear for buyers globally, this P.R.O. setting will apply to your entire account. By setting a P.R.O. affiliation, it means that all of the music in your AudioJungle portfolio will be considered P.R.O. music.
  • As this is important information for customers to have, this setting must be filled out by all AudioJungle authors in order to sell & submit music on AudioJungle.
  • To ensure consistency and prevent abuse, once your account is set as P.R.O. affiliated you will not be able to further change this setting yourself. So please make sure this information is correct!
  • Additional item attributes will be made available to authors to provide their music’s composer and publisher details to customers.
  • The P.R.O. setting & attribute information we collect will be used to provide additional clarity and transparency to AudioJungle customers during their search, browsing, and purchase experience. This includes displaying your P.R.O. affiliation, and allowing customers to filter out P.R.O. music from search results (all music will be included by default).
  • Filling out the P.R.O. details on your AudioJungle account does not actually register your music with a P.R.O. in any way, that’s all up to you as the author.

Again there’s a good bit more detail than we can effectively capture here so please be sure to carefully read the new policy articles provided above.

What comes next

When the policy change goes into effect next month, we will be using the details from the current informational P.R.O. author setting released with our previous P.R.O. status update to populate your account’s official P.R.O. affiliation. So please take a moment to confirm that this information is correct, or if you haven’t done so already go fill it out now - it only takes a second :slight_smile:

Additionally for existing authors, if you do not have this P.R.O. setting filled out by the new policy launch date, your AudioJungle portfolio will be disabled. As the P.R.O. information is directly related to the license customers purchase, with the new policy we cannot continue to offer any items for sale where this information is unavailable. We will of course be sending out dashboard announcements and email reminders to help make sure this doesn’t happen!

The new P.R.O. policy and related marketplace updates will take effect in 4 weeks time (on October 4th), and we will announce the changes here as soon as they go live. Afterwards, you will officially be permitted to upload P.R.O. registered music to AudioJungle, or register your existing AudioJungle music with a P.R.O. if you so choose.

In the meantime, please take some time to review the new articles and terms and ask any questions. We want you to feel as informed, prepared, and comfortable with this transition as possible.

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Just simply WOW! Thank you.

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This is great news, finally!

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Hello!
I think this is good news. I was was waiting to know you news about this.

I was actually already starting the formalities to do the change from my actual (local) P.R.O. to ASCAP because ASCAP, will be much better at many levels.

Could you please confirm if I, as an Audiojungle author, will be able to update the PRO information in the future ?

I mean: If the system will allow me to change from my actual P.R.O. , to ASCAP. once I’ve done all the formalities with them ?

Thanks a lot in advance for your help !
Gabriel

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yippee ki yay!

Great decision!

Awesome news!!Thank You Envato

Great news! I know this has been a long road - thanks for sticking with it, Eric!

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Party time!

Can somebody explain in a few words why is it good for authors? That is what are the benefits?

The PRO wins. I think it’s not really good for royalty-free market, because it’s not rf market now.

You will get royalties when your music is featured in TV shows, radio etc if it is registered to a P.R.O… As it stands right now you only get the money AJ license fee gives you, even if your song is featured in a big time commercial that airs for multiple months. If that song was P.R.O. registered you would be receiving royalties for every time the commercial airs.

Sounds like that to me

This may be a dumb question, and I apologize if it seems out of place, but…

Does anyone know about the relationship between ContentID and the PRO’s? Specifically, does ASCAP & BMI allow music that’s been uploaded to AdRev to be registered?

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@EricSchwartz so basically, if I have a PRO affiliation it have to be stated anyway even if i don’t want to register my songs on here with a PRO? OR
I have a PRO affiliation but i don’t want register the songs so i have to state i don’t have a PRO affiliation?
Am kinda confused on this, hope my question is clear! :slight_smile:

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Same story here, I’m PRO affiliated but I don’t register there any of items I upload on Audiojungle (because I though this is idea of ROYALTY FREE AUDIO), so

Can I be PRO affiliated, but because all items I uploade here to choose non-pro affiliated option in Audiojungle settings, so I don’t confuse my buyers and let them be sure that my items are royalty free ?

Thank you in advance for explanation

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Hey guys! I am kind of confused , if I did nor registered my music any PRO , and I am not a member. What I should do , to update my settings ???

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What will happen on a customer’s side if they will buy a PRO registered music for their project?

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Hey guys! I’m from Thailand and PRO settings is not the country that I choose, and how to be !?

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