Beatstars is an online beat sales platform where music producers sell beats or buy artist beats. Many of you may already know Beatstars.com as a popular beat selling platform for music producers. They offer a lot of great features and made a lot of helpful changes in the past. Unfortunately, I had a very bad experience with the support of beatstars. The way the support and CEO Abe Batson dealt with me as a beatstars member was more than unprofessional. That has nothing to do with the feeling of a hip hop community. It took me almost a year and a lawyer to stop beatstars from illegally making money with my beats. Read the full story below.
Be aware about their distribution service!
They attract with making money by streaming your beats on Spotify, YouTube, Soundcloud and many more. But the truth is that Beatstars will take the control of your beats and don’t care about the producers and their rights. I don’t want to write down all details of my story cause this article would be far too long. But what I’ve experienced with beatstars is unbelievable.
On the start page they advertise:
“Wouldn’t you like to get paid from other peoples´s YouTube videos that use your music?”
The correct sentence (in my opinion) would be:
“Wouldn´t you like to get ripped of from Beatstars who use your music as their own?”
Here is the “short” version of my story just to show you how Beatstars is handle their distribution service:
More than 1 year ago I entered the distribution service on beatstars.com. I send maybe 40 of my beats for distribution. Later I was wondering why I got YouTube claims (by INgroove, later by Beatstars directly) on so many of my beats on YouTube. I wrote INgroove more than 3 times but never got any answer. Later I was able to found out that INgrooves opened this claims for Beatstars. They put all my beats into their Content ID system and I’m not able anymore to monetize my videos on YouTube. I wrote the Beatstars support multiple times. After a lot of unanswered emails I opened oppositions for all of my claimed instrumentals on YouTube.
The beatstars CEO gets angry
My beats, without voice tags, everywhere on the web
After the beatstars support told me to wait 60-90 days, for the full takedown of my beats, I waited longer than that. Unfortunately, my beats were not removed even after this period of time. So I wrote the beatstars support on a monthly base, for more than a half year, before they started to remove just a few more of my beats from their Content ID system. But 90% of my beats still online after more than 6 month. I needed more than 4 additional month and a official (paid) lawyer to get 70% of my beats removed from their Content ID system and partner sites!
It’s unbelievable but true, they just don’t give a sh** about the rights of producers and customers. They also don´t care if I would take legal action. I sold a lot of this beats exclusively in the meanwhile. I wrote them that they should delete this beats asap cause I don’t have any rights anymore for this beats. But they just claimed the YouTube videos from my customers who bought exclusive rights and just give a sh** about it!
Still claiming, but no more payouts
I deleted my whole Beatstars account and told them that I don’t need a refund about my already paid subscription for 1 year. I just wanted to get my beats removed from their distribution system. After I canceled my subscription and wasn’t a Beatstars member anymore I thought they don’t have the rights anymore to make money by monetize my beats etc.. But I was wrong! Also after I deleted my whole paid advance account on Beatstars, they still was claiming me and my customers YouTube videos. They still making money with my and my customers beats by streaming them on multiple platforms and open claims on YouTube. They just stopped to send my payouts for the distribution service. So Beatstars is trying to making money with beats from producers in any way and absolutely give no sh** about the rights of their producers + their customers! I would say that at Beatstars it´s all about the money. Beatstars is dead for me!
Beatstars is, in my personal opinion, the worst platform I ever saw in the beat selling industry! Beatstars is making money outside of all international copyright laws and give a sh** about producers, lawyers and customers. I know that Beatstars offer a lot of good features and for some people it´s maybe really profitable. But do you really want to offer your beats on such an ignorant and “greedy for money” beat selling platform? I’m not saying that everything is bad on Beatstars. This is just my experience with Beatstars. Just think about it if it’s worth to make some additional dollars in a month to get trouble like this.
Maybe you had similar experience with Beatstars?
Feel free to write your experience and / or opinion in the comments.
If you are looking for a legit platform to sell your beats, I recommend to go with airbit.com.
CHECK OUT HOW THIS STORY CONTINUES:
BEATSTARS DID IT AGAIN AND EARNED MONEY WITH MY MUSIC BEHIND MY BACK!