FAQ

Dequency is the first blockchain-powered sync licensing platform. We are building a decentralized ecosystem where creators can discover each other and easily collaborate on audiovisual projects.

Sync licensing is the licensing of music for use in visual media (TV, film, video games, NFTs, advertisements, etc.). Every time you hear music in a movie, or in a video game – or any other visual project you can think of – the copyright holders of the musical recording and composition licensed that music to the creator of the visual project.

Dequency’s goal is to make audiovisual collaboration easy, less expensive and to pay creators instantly. Historically, finding high quality music to use in visual projects has been a cumbersome process involving many different music industry players. It can be difficult to negotiate licenses and can also take a long time for creators to get paid. On top of all that, music companies arranging these licenses take large fees, leaving less money on the table for artists. Because Dequency sync licenses are smart contracts that eliminate third parties, we are able to facilitate instant payment to creators with very low fees, while ensuring the songs are properly licensed for users.

There are three main users of Dequency:

  1. Musicians & Rightsowners own music copyright and make their music available for licensing by adding it to our catalog.
  2. Visual Creators obtain licenses directly from music rightsowners via Dequency and download the corresponding audio files to use in their visual projects.
  3. Community Members fuel the Dequency ecosystem by contributing their taste in various ways to earn unique rewards. More on this soon!

Copyright laws require that any time music is “synced” with visual media, the creator of that visual media must obtain approval from the music’s copyright holder(s) to use their music. Unless the music being used is bespoke (created specifically for that visual project), this is done via sync license. Securing proper licenses for collaborative projects ensures that all parties involved are legally protected and fairly valued.

Roadmap coming soon! Check Twitter and Discord for more info and announcements.

While we are currently in beta and not all features are live yet, our current platform allows visual creators to explore and license original music for use in NFT projects and metaverse content.

In the near future:

  • Musicians & Rightsowners will be able to upload their music to Dequency and make it available for licensing.
  • Community Members will be able to contribute their amazing musical/artistic taste to help curate the Dequency platform in various ways, earning unique rewards.

Please note that while we are constantly adding new product features, Dequency is not currently hosting NFT sales. What creators do with projects powered by Dequency licenses, including where to display or list them, is entirely up to the creator(s) providing the use complies with the license terms.

Yes, and quickly! Our initial catalog consists of a select group of artists that we know and love, but we will be adding new material constantly. Get in touch on Twitter and Discord to share what you’re listening to and let us know what music you’d like to see on Dequency!

We’re currently in Beta and user upload isn’t live yet, but check out our upload requirements below to make sure you’re ready when the day comes:

  1. All copyright owners (including featured artists, writers, producers, etc.) of the music must approve its listing on Dequency.
    1. If you worked with other artists, writers or producers to make your music, make sure you have their written and signed approval before submitting.
    2. If you are signed to a label or publisher, you may not be the copyright owner of your music. Check with your label and/or publisher before submitting your music.
  2. Music on Dequency must be of professional quality – put any finishing touches on your mix before submitting! Please note we will not accept demos or unfinished works.

Have more questions about our requirements? Get in touch on discord and we’ll respond as quickly as possible!

Yes! While Dequency licenses live on the Algorand blockchain, the rights included are not blockchain-specific. If you want to mint a project on Ethereum (or any other blockchain) using a Dequency license, you are free to do so!

Initial users can transact by connecting their Algorand Wallet and purchasing licenses with ALGOs. We are hoping to soon offer users the ability to transact in the currency of their choice – more on this later!

We got you! Use the help channel on discord to get in touch and we’ll respond as quickly as possible.

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