Frequently Asked Questions
What license should I use?
We have four different licenses, each one serving different purposes depending on specific contexts and audience sizes. The licenses include Creative Common License, Standard License, Extended License and TV/Radio License. Check our licensing page for a better understanding of all the options available.
What is the FREE Creative Common License?
Our royalty-free music is categorized under the Attribution Creative Commons 4.0 license (see also http://creativecommons.org/about/licenses/) which has some limitations.
If you download a track under this category of license you MUST GIVE ATTRIBUTION to the music composer and HookSounds when it is used in videos, on websites or for any other purpose.
This license allows users to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon a musical composition commercially, as long as they credit the composers for their original creations. This is the most accommodating of all the licenses offered in terms of manipulation of musical compositions.
If you want to use a sound or music file without giving attribution or if your project falls into any of the categories listed on our other types of licenses, you MUST purchase a license at http:/www.hooksounds.com.
How to insert the attribution?
In order to use our music under the Creative Commons License you must credit the composer and HookSounds. This will enable us to continue offering a wide range of royalty free music.
How to attribute
Insert the attribution on the page where the track is to be played (usually as a page footer) or on your product page.
For YouTube, Vimeo or any other video platforms, the attribution must appear in the description field.
If you desire to upload any of our resources to your social networks please remember that you must insert the attribution on the publication and in the description of the video (or any corresponding content).
In all the above cases the attribution must contain a link to www.hooksounds.com. For instance:
Artist: Name of the author
Title: Title of the track
Where Name of the author is the name of the artist of the song you’ve downloaded and Title of the track is the name of the track you’ve download.
What is an end-product?
Licenses are issued per end-product so, if you want to use the song for a different project you need to purchase another license.
In the case of podcasts, for example, an end-product refers to a Series.
What constitutes a series (eg TV series, webisodes, or a magazine with monthly editions)?
To be considered a series, all things in the series (eg episode, edition) must be connected, and be released within 1 year of the first instalment. There is also a maximum of 52 episodes or editions within the series.
Example: A 12 episode TV series that starts in December and ends in July would only require a single license. A YouTube series that releases an episode every week (52 total) would only need to purchase a license once every year. A magazine that releases an edition every other month would need to purchase a license once every year.