I know it’s a hard thing to hear your beat being used by someone else without your permission, and no credit has been given to you. The sad fact is that stealing beats is something a lot of people do, from rappers, labels, and even other producers!
But when it happens to you, what do you do? The most common reaction would be to freak out and punch things, but after you do that, it’s time to get to work.
Reach Out To The Individual
A friend of mine recently told me that a rapper took his beat. He straight up jacked it from his SoundCloud page and then reposted it on his own YouTube page, with vocals on top and everything. For those that don’t know, they would assume it was just another dope beat that this rapper came up with.
Little do they know that rapper is a thief.
One of the most common scenarios of being beat jacked is of other beatmakers and producers stealing your beat. It sucks to hear that, but it’s true. There are actually individuals out there right now stealing beats and posting them on their website, social accounts, and probably even right here on myFlashStore. I think it’s terrible that someone would do that. It’s obvious that they will never move forward in the music industry, so it’s safe to say these people are just looking to make some quick cash and then disappear.
So if any of these scenarios happens to you, what do you do? The first step is to reach out and contact the person that stole your beat. Find out as much information about this person,then contact them through all their websites, social media accounts, you name it. This way they can’t claim that they never heard from you. Also, keep copies of all the emails you send them.
When you contact them, you have a few options:
- Threaten them harm (although that could land you in prison!).
- Ask them to take the song down.
- Ask them to give you credit.
- Ask them to pay you for the beat.
Besides the physical threats, the other points are completely valid. Since they stole your beat, you have every right to ask them to pay for it, or take it down, or at the very least give you credit.
Believe it or not, some producers don’t actually have a problem with other people jacking their beats, because they see it as a badge of honor of sorts. Yes, it’s true that if someone like Jay Z steals your beat and puts his vocals over it then releases it as a single, you will get enormous amounts of fame if he credits you.
But theft is still theft. It’s up to you if you want to let them get away with it because “Well it’s Jay Z so I’m honored he stole my beat”, but I don’t think you should look at it that way.
The bottom line is that your beats equal money. Would you be okay if someone “cool” showed up at your house and took all the money from your safe? I didn’t think so.
They Are Ignoring Your Requests
If they are ignoring your emails and have not answered you back, it’s time to get nasty. First off, if your beat is copyrighted, get yourself a copyright lawyer. Since you put your recording as a copyright, then legally you have every right to sue them. Remember, theft is theft.
If you did not copyright your beat, there is not too much you can do. But if you can prove that your beat was indeed stolen by them, you can show the world that they are thieves. By doing that, hopefully they will cave into your demands.
Hit up every social media website and forum, plus send out emails to let the whole world know that person stole your beat and has not answered you back.
Your best option is to create a web page that details everything, from your beat, their song, and all the emails you have sent, with the dates and times. Also, make sure you put all of the thief’s contact information so that other people can bombard them with emails as well. It sounds harsh, but remember – they stole your money! By giving details about the whole story, it should spark a lot of controversy, which is exactly what you want.
You Can Avoid All Of This
Everyone knows that once you post something online, it’s there forever. Or at least it’s on someone’s computer forever. That’s just the way it works. But to avoid having your beat stolen, you have two options:
- Put voice tags on your beat.
- Copyright your beat.
Voice tags are the simplest solution, but they’re not theft-proof either. At least with a voice tag, you will hopefully deter anyone from trying to steal your beats. You could do your own, or have them down professionally right here at myFlashStore.
To copyright your beat, it gets a bit more complicated because for example, if you have samples in your beat, you will need to clear those samples (pay for them) from the original source. Then you can copyright your beat. However, I think (but I am not sure), that you can still copyright your sampled-based beat, as a certain type of recording. So even though certain parts of your beat are not your original recordings, it might still be able to be copyrighted.
Again, I am not sure exactly of how the copyrighting of sample-based beats works, but you can definitely look it up on your government’s copyright webpage. The U.S. one is here. Good luck!