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Royalty-free music. What exactly does that mean?


All titles at polysounds are guaranteed to be completely royalty-free (musique libre de droits, musica libera da diritti, royaltyfri musik, musica royalty free, rechtenvrije muziek, catalogo de musica libre, música libre de derechos, música livre dos direitos). Royalty-free music refers to musical works that are not subject to claims by collecting societies such as ASCAP or BMI (see list of collecting societies below). What this means for you as a music user is that you do not have to pay royalty fees.


You pay a one-time license fee in our shop and have no follow-up costs. With your music download and invoice, you receive a release that lists the works you've ordered by title and author, and shows those works to be royalty-free. Should you be called upon by the respective collecting society or pressing plant to identify the works you have used, please show this release or provide the relevant details.


List of collecting societies


Argentina: SADAIC, Australia: APRA, Austria: AKM, Belgium: SABAM, Brazil: UBC, Bulgaria: Musicautor, Canada: SOCAN, Chile: SCD, Colombia: SAYCO, Croatia: HDS, Czech Republic: OSA, Denmark: KODA, Estonia: EAÜ, Finland: TEOSTO, Greece: AE, France: SACEM, Germany: GEMA, Hong Kong: CASH, Hungary: Artisjus, Iceland: STEF, India: IPRS, Ireland: IMRO, Israel: ACUM, Italy: SIAE, Japan: JASRAC, Lithuania: LATGA-A, Malaysia: MACP, Mexico: SACM, Netherlands: BUMA, New Zealand: APRA, Norway: TONO, Poland: ZAIKS, Portugal: SPA, Russia: RAO, Singapore: COMPASS, South Africa: SAMRO, Spain: SGAE, Sweden: STIM, Switzerland: SUISA, Trinidad: &: Tobago: COTT, Turkey: MESAM, United: Kingdom: PRS, Uruguay: AGADU, USA: ASCAP, BMI, SESAC



Prices and usage categories

At polysounds, our prices depend on what kind of usage (license) you need and which version of the work you would like to purchase. The title lists initially show the price for a Standard License. Then, once you have placed a title in the shopping cart, indicate the desired category of usage.


Sound Effects and Ambient Noises - upon request


YouTube License (2.95 USD*)

Music for private clips on YouTube and other video platforms

  • not related to a company or professional activities
  • no advertising message
  • no monetization
  • no commissioned (paid) production

(if not applicable please choose Standard License)


Standard License (39.00 USD*)

Basic license for the most common usage categories

  • background music for websites, podcasts
  • music for videos on Youtube, Clipfish, MyVideo etc.
  • free apps (free of ads)
  • editorial documentation
  • incentive CDs
  • radio advertising regional
  • Music On Hold
  • Circulation up to 250 copies


Extended License (139.00 USD*)

in addition to Standard License features:

  • Corporate and trade show films
  • Documentary, TV films
  • IPTV
  • Games and software
  • Apps
  • Audio books
  • Radio advertisement national
  • Circulation up to 4,000 copies


Large License (269.00 USD*)

in addition to Extended License features:

  • Theatrical feature films
  • Cinema advertisement
  • TV advertisement regional
  • Internet advertisement
  • Circulation up to 10,000 copies


XL License (699.00 USD*)

in addition to Large License features:

  • TV advertisement national
  • Circulation up to 30,000 copies


* Prices exclusive of VAT.


VAT Rates:

Customers in the USA and other Countries outside the European Union (EU): 0%

Customers in the EU with European VAT-ID: 0%

Customers in the EU without European VAT-ID: 7%

Customers in Germany: 7%



Many of our pieces are available in different versions. Jingles and particularly short cuts and loops of works cost half of the above-listed prices. You can also purchase a complete set of all versions of a work (Music Bundle) at special rates.



MP3 download – Check before you buy


As a registered customer, you can download sample files of the desired pieces of music in MP3 format. Please take note of our general terms and conditions, as the use and circulation of sample files is subject to certain restrictions. Sample files are intended to allow you to test the music directly in your project before purchasing it, and to help you or your client decide which musical piece works best for your needs and should be licensed.




Placing your order


To order a title, click on the shopping cart symbol in the title list or on the product page. This will open a dialogue window in which you choose which usage category you would like to license the title for. Select usage category and click on "Put title in shopping cart". Once you are in the shopping cart, follow the required steps to choose payment method and complete the order process. After completed payment, you will find the download of the title under My "Poly/Downloads". The invoice will be e-mailed to you as a PDF file.




Payment methods


You may choose from the following payment methods: DIRECTeBanking, PayPal, VISA, MasterCard.




Secure shopping


At polysounds, you can be assured that your shopping is secure. Your payment is processed according to PCI DSS standards – "Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard" – which is based on the security program Visa AIS (Account Information Security) and MasterCard SDP (Site Data Protection). These are comprehensive security measures prescribed by the credit card companies to protect your data security.




General terms and conditions

1 Scope
2 Services
3 Sample File
4 Licensing Procedure
5 Right of Revocation
6 Licenses and License Fees
7 Restrictions of Use
8 Payment Terms
9 Charging and Retention
10 Data Protection
11 Intellectual Property Rights
12 Guarantee
13 Liability
14 Hyperlinks
15 Final Provisions

1 Scope


The Soundarchive Vertriebs- und Verlagsgesellschaft mbH (hereinafter referred to as "Soundarchive") is the holder of the domains,, and


For the business connection between Soundarchive and the customer as well as for the use of services provided on Soundarchive’s web pages, that might be free of charge, only the following general terms and conditions as amended at the time of conclusion of the contract and at the time of the use of Soundarchive’s services apply. Differing, contradictory or supplementary terms and conditions (in comparison to the present general terms and conditions) will not be an integral part of the contract, even if acknowledged, unless Soundarchive expressly confirms their validity in writing.

2 Services


Soundarchive distributes licences associated with musical works (hereinafter referred to as works) for commercial and private use in audio-visual productions such as films, advertising, computer software, etc. For these purposes, the works for which customers can obtain licences are provided via the websites,, and


Customers can play-back all works provided on the website. For the large part of our repertoire, MP3 quality files can be requested free of charge for testing purposes (section 3). Licences associated with these works and required for different usage categories can be obtained for value directly online (section 4).

3 Sample File


On request, the works provided by Soundarchive on this website can be made available for testing purposes. Therefore, the customer must confirm having read and accepted the present general terms and conditions and must register or log in. By clicking a download link, the MP3 file will be downloaded to the customer’s computer. This service is free of charge.



The customer is entitled to use this sample file for the purpose of work suitability testing. Therefore, the customer may temporarily store the file on his computer, integrate it into a project (synchronisation) and use it for internal testing purposes.


The customer commits to only use the work for the purpose of suitability testing and in particular

  • not to copy or reproduce by other means the work or parts of it

  • not to play-back the work as a whole or parts of it in public

  • not to give the work to third parties

  • to refrain from encroaching on the right ownership of Soundarchive or other licensees that are associated with the work

  • not to sell or otherwise commercially use the work or parts of it

  • and not to use the work for private purposes


The customer commits to indemnify Soundarchive from liability for costs, damage, acts or claims resulting from an unauthorised use of the work by the customer.


For further purposes, the customer must conclude a valuable licence agreement as specified in section 4 “Licensing Procedure”.


If a licensing of the work is not accomplished within 4 weeks after the sample file has been received, the authorisation of using the sample file any way will be terminated. Once this period has expired, the customer is obligated to delete the file.


4 Licensing Procedure


For usage categories beyond the categories defined in section 3 the customer has to conclude a licence agreement and must pay a licence fee. For the usage categories specified under section 6, “Licences and licence fees”, the licensing for commercial use can be conducted directly online. After the customer selects a work and the desired usage, the amount payable is calculated and indicated to the customer.



The amount of the licence fee depends on the usage category (e.g. „Standard License“ or „Extended License“) and on thy type of the work (e.g. Sound Effects, Jingle, Full Track, Music Bundle).The bases of calculation are listed under section 6, „Licenses and license fees“.


The license is granted non-exclusive, time unlimited, and for the limited purpose of one production. A project refers to the creation of a specific media product (e.g. film, software, radio spot, Flash application) including versions (e.g. foreign language versions, extensions or re-releases) and their publication and performance in all media. Once a media project is otherwise changed in terms of content, it is considered to be a new project. In this case, the music must be licensed anew. A buy-out license giving the customer a permanent right of use not bound to a particular project cannot be obtained directly through the shop. This kind of special license may be requested using the contact form.


By concluding a licence agreement, the customer is granted the licence associated with the respective work, but not associated with the artist’s name and the work title. For a usage that shall include the mention of the artist or the work title in any form, a prior written agreement by Soundarchive is required.


To conduct the licencing procedure, a registration is required. The customer must fully and properly indicate the data requested by Soundarchive with the login.


With his/her registration, the customer confirms that he/she is of legal age.


The registration of a legal entity may only be conducted by an individual authorised to represent that must be named.


Even after a license is terminated, the customer’s data will be stored by Soundarchive. If the customer initiates a subsequent licensing procedure at a later time, this data is automatically retrieved after the email address and the password have been entered. If there are any changes to the provided data after the first registration, the customer is obligated on every further business transaction to review his data and correct it, if necessary.


During registration, the customer is required to select a password. The customer must keep his password strictly confidential and carefully protect the access to his registration data. The customer is obligated to inform Soundarchive without delay, if there are indications for a misuse of the login data by third parties.


Upon registration, the customer can initiate the payment process. By clicking the button “Submit Order” an agreement is reached.


Following completed payment, the customer receives invoice, release statement and product downloads via e-mail. The release statement identifies title and author of the respective pieces of music for which the customer has purchased a licence. In the event of an inquiry by collecting societies, this statement serves as proof that the music in question is royalty-free.

5 Right of Revocation


Customers have a two-week right of revocation. They can revoke their contract agreement within two weeks in written form (e.g. by letter, fax, e-mail) without stating reasons. This period begins upon receipt of this declaration in text form, not however before the delivery of the download by Soundarchive, and also not before Soundarchive has met its reporting requirements according to § 312c par. 2 BGB (German Civil Code) in conjunction with § 1 par. 1, 2 and 4 BGB-InfoV (German Civil Code Freedom of Information Law). The terms of revocation are met if the statement of revocation is sent prior to the deadline. The statement of revocation must be sent to:



Vertriebs- und Verlagsgesellschaft mbH

Heinestr. 72

72762 Reutlingen



FAX number: +49.7121.348139

E-mail address:


The right of revocation expires once the customer has downloaded the piece of music prior to the end of the period of revocation or if the download is started prior to the end of the period of revocation.


In the event of an effective revocation, services received by either party must be returned and, if applicable, benefits accrued by Soundarchive (e.g. interest) must be released.

6 Licenses and License Fees


A licence and the payable licence fee result from the type of the work (sound effect, piece of music, jingle, music bundle…) and the usage category (YouTube license, standard license, extended license, XL license, TV license).


Details on the usage categories and the current applicable price list are published on the website under the menu "Help".

7 Restrictions of Use


The customer may not use works licensed with Soundarchive for audio-visual productions, where the content

  • is criminal or otherwise violates the law applicable in the area of circulation

  • impinges upon third parties’ rights

  • is racist or incitement of the people


Furthermore, the customer commits to obtain a prior written agreement, if works are to be used for productions

  • promoting defence industry products

  • promoting political parties

  • promoting or glamorize religious sects


8 Payment Terms


Payment may be made either by PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, by

DIRECTeBanking or after receipt of invoice.


The option of payment after receipt of invoice is only possible in Germany and requires a valid VAT-ID. For customers who choose the option to pay after receipt of invoice, payment is due within 10 days of invoicing.


If the purchaser defaults on payments, Soundarchive is entitled to charge default interests to the amount of 5% p.a. above the current base rate proclaimed by the European Central Bank. If any greater damage caused by default verifiably incurred by Soundarchive, Soundarchive is entitled to assert this damage.

9 Charging and Retention


The customer is only entitled for charging, if his counterclaims were legally assessed or admitted by Soundarchive.


The customer can only exercise a right of retention, if his counterclaim is based on the same contractual relationship.

10 Data Protection


Personal data of the customer is collected, utilised and processed by Soundarchive according to the applicable data protection regulations.


Detailed information on type, extent, location and purpose of the collection, processing and utilisation of the personal data, which is required for conducting the business connection between Soundarchive and the customer, by Soundarchive is provided in the privacy statement.

11 Intellectual Property Rights


The customer acknowledges that all rights over the works provided by Soundarchive including any copyrights or licence rights or other rights or comparable legal positions in relation to the customer are exclusively entitled to Soundarchive and/or their licensers, and will not use them without prior written agreement by Soundarchive. In particular, the customer may not produce an adaptation of it, which exceeds lengthening or shortening and producing an excerpt of the work by cutting, respectively. In addition, it is prohibited to sell or to assign the work, even in excerpts, to grant sublicenses concerning this matter or to transfer or assert any rights over the work.


Soundarchive guarantees being the owner and/or licencee of all rights over the content and being entitled to grant the customer the licence and to allow the customer to use the granted rights.


With the usage of the works according to these terms and conditions no claims for domestic or foreign collecting societies arise. These collecting societies are particularly not entitled to collect charges for mechanical reproduction rights and performing rights for the works.


12 Guarantee


By indicating performance data and other descriptions of the works, Soundarchive does not guarantee the nature of the work.

13 Liability


Soundarchive is, except for the violation of cardinal contractual obligations, only liable for damages, if and as far as Soundarchive, their legal agents, executives or other auxiliary persons act intentionally or grossly negligently. In the case of a violation of cardinal contractual obligations, Soundarchive is liable for any negligence of their legal agents, executives or other auxiliary persons.


Except for intention or gross negligence of legal agents, executives or other auxiliary persons of Soundarchive, the liability amount is limited to the damage typically foreseeable on conclusion of the contract.


A liability for imdemnity for secondary damages, particularly for loss of profit, only applies to intention or gross negligence of legal agents, executives or other auxiliary persons of Soundarchive.


If musical works or information are handed out free of charge, a liability for defects in title and quality of the musical works or information, in particular for their correctness, accuracy, independancy from intellectual property rights of third parties, completeness and/or applicability - except with intention or fraudulent intent - is excluded.


The aforementioned exclusions of liability and limitations do not apply in the case of an acceptance of express guarantees by Soundarchive and for damages from the violation of life, body or health as well as in the case of mandatory legal provisions.


Even though Soundarchive is always looking to keep their website virus-free, Soundarchive does not guarantee the website being virus-free. For his own protection and for the prevention of viruses on, the user will provide for appropriate safety precautions and antivirus software, before downloading musical works.

14 Hyperlinks,, and may contain hyperlinks to third party websites. Soundarchive neither assumes responsibility for the content of these websites nor adopts these websites and their content, as Soundarchive does not controls the linked information and is not responsible for the content and information provided on these websites. Their use is at the user’s own risk.

15 Final Provisions


The laws of the Federal Republic of Germany apply to the exclusion of the UN sales law.


As long as the customer is a merchant for the purpose of the German Commercial Code, a fund asset governed by public law or a corporate body under public law, Stuttgart will be the exclusive place of jurisdiction for all disputes possibly arising. The same applies, if the customer does not have a general court of jurisdiction in Germany or permanent or habitual residence are not known at the time of the filing of an action. Alternatively, Soundarchive has the right to bring proceedings against the customer at its court of jurisdiction.


As at June 01st 2011



Privacy Statement

The Soundarchive Vertriebs- und Verlagsgesellschaft mbH (hereinafter referred to as ‘Soundarchive’) takes data privacy seriously and collects, processes, and uses personal data in accordance with the applicable data privacy laws.

In this statement, you give your consent that your personal data may be collected, processed, and used by Soundarchive as specified below. This consent may be withdrawn at any time with immediate effect.

Subject matter of this Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy applies to all services which are offered under the domains,, and

Unless stated otherwise, this Privacy Policy exclusively regulates how Soundarchive treats your personal data. In case you make use of services provided by third parties, the privacy policy conditions of these third parties apply exclusively. Soundarchive does not revise the privacy policy conditions of third parties.

Responsible contact

Responsible contact according to the Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz (BDSG)) is Soundarchive Vertriebs- und Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Heinestr 72, 72762 Reutlingen, Germany.

In case you have any questions concerning privacy policy matters please do not hesitate to contact via email. You can also use this email address to inquire about, modify or delete your personal data collected by Soundarchive.

Collection of data

Generally, you can access our web services without disclosing any personal data to us. It is always your choice whether or not to provide us with your personal data.

Only if you would like to register, purchase products via our web sites or subscribe to our newsletter, the disclosure of personal data is necessary. This data includes your name, your address, your e-mail and other personal data which is requested by Soundarchive in individual cases.

In addition, specific parts of information, e.g. IP-addresses, browser types and access times, are automatically transferred by your computer and saved on our server. The IP-address is the worldwide valid, unique identification of your computer that consists of four number blocks separated by dots. Mostly, as a private user, you will not use a constant IP-address because it is only temporarily assigned to you by your provider. Nonetheless, by static IP-addresses a definite assignment of user data is principally still possible. Except for the purpose of the prosecution of illegal access to our web services we generally do not use this personal data. Only on an anonymous and aggregated basis, we evaluate such information as which of our web sites are favoured, the number of daily visits etc. Like many other companies we make use of so-called cookies in order to design our web presence as convenient as possible. Cookies are small text files which enable the recognition of the user so that you do not have to reregister each time you visit our pages. These cookies are normally automatically deleted from your hard drive after you end visiting our website. Other cookies remain on your computer so that we can recognise you during your next visit. We make use of cookies to measure and to control the amount of web site visits and the general site navigation. Of course, you can generally also use our web presence without cookies. Your Internet browser can be configured to generally reject cookies.

We collect, process and use personal data only with your consent. If the consent is electronically declared within the scope of our Internet services, we follow the statutory notice liability requirements.

Use of your data

We use your personal data in order to constantly improve our range of services and to satisfy the user’s needs.

Soundarchive uses your personal information for processing payments and product orders. In addition, your data is used for the establishment, processing and settlement of your user relationship with Soundarchive.

Furthermore, we use your data in order to communicate with you. This includes that we, as the case may be, inform you about novelties of our services via e-mail. In case you have subscribed to our e-mail newsletter, we use your data in order to inform you about products, services or certain events which could be of interest to you on a regular basis. You have the possibility to cancel the subscription in the menu "your user account" at any time without any prior notice. Your personal data will also be used in order to enable third parties the execution of technical, logistical and other services on our behalf. Finally, we use your data in order to protect our web pages and to trace unauthorised accesses.

Transmission of data

Soundarchive does not sell or rent personal data to third parties. Soundarchive only passes your data to third companies where required for the management of the contractual relationship or the contract negotiations.

If you wish to purchase a licence associated with a work, Soundarchive will pass your personal data to the company responsible for the payment (Visa, MasterCard, payone, PayPal etc.) when required for the processing of the transaction. These service providers are obliged to treat you data according to the relevant data protection statutes.

Data will only be passed to investigating authorities as far as Soundarchive’s legal obligation is mandatory

Deletion of data

If your data is no longer necessary for the above-mentioned purposes including the settlement, it will be deleted. If the data is required for tax purposes, it will be blocked. This data is no longer available for further usage.

Amendment of this privacy policy

Soundarchive reserves the right to amend this privacy policy if necessary in order to adapt to future changes of the usage of your personal data.


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Futher questions

If you have any further questions, please contact our support department using the contact form. We would be glad to be of assistance.