Beat leasing is a way for you to maximize the amount of beats you can use commercially (i.e. make money from) whilst being budget friendly. There's two types of beat lease:
- non-exclusive: A “non-exclusive license” means more than one artist could legally license the beat. Once you record your vocals to a beat that was licensed to you, that new song is called a derivative work. Even though you just made a new song, you only own the copyright to the lyrics.
- exclusive: Beats that can be purchased “exclusively” are known as exclusive beats. This means that whoever purchases the beat will have the exclusive rights and sole use of the beat. For this reason, these beats typically cost more than beats that are leased