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Applying a licensing profile to your tracks

This article will introduce you to the basic setting options on the Tracks page (Catalog > Tracks > Edit Track) where you’ll enter the meta data for each song’s tracks, and the Licensing Profile page (Sales > Licensing Profile) where you can customize the Default Profile or create new profiles by clicking the “Create New Profile” button.

Start with Default, then add more profiles as needed
After you’ve applied the track’s meta data (brand, track name/title, composer, copyright, description, tags and genre) you can select the Licensing Profile. At first only one Licensing Profile will appear, which is the standard (default) profile which comes with all LQ Pro accounts. To edit it, rename it or add new options, you can do this anytime on the Licensing Profile admin page. For example, if you create a profile for “Catalog A” (your top drawer tracks), you can give it a unique name, description, then adjust the pricing, disable or delete (click Pricing Matrix > Edit button) any license types you won’t need for this profile, or delete all standard Licenses and then enter your own custom rate cards. When finished click “Done” (from the Pricing Matrix Edit screen) and then “Save” on the Licensing Profile page.

The ‘Catalog A’ example
For example, if you named it “Catalog A”, you’ll then see this added to your list of Licensing Profile options on the Edit Tracks page. This gives you the flexibility to apply a unique pricing profile with it’s own set of licensing type options, pricing and even your own edited or custom licensing contract. Now for all tracks that need to display only the “Catalog A” licensing profile in your Store, you can apply the “Catalog A” licensing profile. Keep in mind, this can be done manually on the Tracks > Edit Track page, or can be entered or copy & pasted into the song’s data sheet which you can export, edit and then import. The Help file and Import button will give you instructions on using the track’s data Import/Export feature.

Getting a bit fancy
If you want to get “fancy” with some of your licensing sales offerings, you can set up custom licensing profiles such as “Sheet Music” and “Midi Files”. These are just examples to give you some creative ideas and to demonstrate the power and flexibility you have to set up unique offerings including several variations of similar or different license types. In this case you would dedicate one unique License Type for a whole Licensing Profile.

Applying a unique License Type Description
Don’t forget, you’ll want to apply a unique Description for each new License Type you create which will appear in your Store for your clients to see what you’re offering and how the license will apply and can be used.

Some Description text examples
For Sheet Music, the license type description could say: “Sheet music in PDF file format for personal use only. May not be duplicated, distributed, sold or offered for resale. May be copied only for backup storage purpose.”

And for a Midi file Licensing Type, you might want to say:
“Midi source file for personal use only. May not be duplicated, distributed, sold or offered for resale. May be copied only for backup storage purpose.”

Using page links instead of track file links
In case you offer files other than audio digital files, you’ll need to enter them as page links (a page which contain a download link) on the Edit Track page. This makes it easy to offer download purchases of PDF, Midi or other unique file types which contains the source data of the tracks you are selling. For example, you could decide to bundle several files together, such as master track, sheet music and a Midi source file and offer it as zipped file in ZIP format. To do this, first create new Licensing Profile, adjust the License Type price and description and Add unique track tiles with correctly applied Licensing Profile.

LicenseQuote has you covered form the basics on up…
As you can see from the above examples, there’s lots of options ranging from the most basic default usage, to all kinds of advanced, creative and new licensing profile applications which you can create and then apply to any track or related track item as needed.

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