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Worst thing that can happen to you as a producer is to realize that one or more of your beats have been transformed in a new product and used in commercial or non-commercial applications, without your knowledge or approval.

Your beat was practically stolen!

2 Ways your instrumentals can be stolen:

a) With a software that can download the beat directly from instrumental selling websites, beat stores or youtube. (many times after listening to a beat the mp3 file will remain in the browsers cache folder and can be simply copied without the need of additional software.

b) With sound recording software or devices.

So how do I protect my beats from thieves?
Simple. You use a VOICE TAG.

What is a Voice Tag?

The Voice Tag is an audio vocal recording a few seconds long designed specifically to be recorded on top of instrumentals. This creates a tagged version of your beat and it is this version that should be played back to the public, on beat stores. These audio recordings usually contain the name of the producer or their brand. The recording repeats itself over short intervals (10 – 30 sec). Also “DJ Dops” are occasionally used .

I want a Voice Tag.

A Voice Tag can be recorded very easily with a microphone and audio software without too much headache, or you can purchase a higher quality one made by an artist designed specifically to your requirements ( Recommended).

This is how you protect your instrumentals from online thieves.

When someone will try to steal your beat they will get the tagged version.
Source: http://blog.beats1.com/