Questions tagged [copyrights]

Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights to its use and distribution, usually for a limited time, with the intention of enabling the creator of intellectual wealth to receive compensation for their work and be able to financially support themselves.

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Can a performance of a piece be copyrighted even if the piece is public domain?

Is a performance of a piece protected by copyright, even if the piece being performed is not? E.g., can someone claim copyright on their playing and audio recording of Fur Elise so that others may not ...
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Are jazz songs in real book copyrighted? / How to check copyright of a piece? [closed]

As I know so many people covered Jazz standards. Are scores on real book copyrighted or everybody can cover them? Or how can one check if a piece is copyrighted or not? I did some research online but ...
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Are keyboard-workstation accompaniments copyrightable?

There is a keyboard accompaniment that I heard once on a Wurlitzer home spinet organ that sounded beautiful. I want to create variations on that accompaniment and turn it into a song. If I publish ...
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Do I have to pay royalties for using my own rearrangement of a famous song as videogame bgm?

Some friends of mine are developing an indie visual novel, so I thought I would contribute a few tracks. Inspiration struck me while working on other stuff, so I ended up creating a slowed-down, ...
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Does including a sport commentator voice in a music track make me owe him mechanical royalties?

If I make some electronic music and it contains voice of a sport commentator (soccer game) over the music of my production, then when publishing the track, do I owe this commentator any royalties? ...
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How to avoid making music which already exists? [closed]

I'm creating some music for my animation series. I'm working in LMMS, using mainly the DSK orchestra VST. I have just one fear. I fear that after I make the music, upload it to YouTube, in a couple of ...
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Making a nursery rhyme song for kids [closed]

Not sure if this is the right stack site to ask this. I have a channel for kids in a non English country. We want to make a song ourselves for a video and we need an instrumental to sing the song with....
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Conditions of mixage/remix of an old music track

I am an amateur musician and I would like to do some mixage (partial exploitation, such as a melody) or remix of some Jazz oldies and publish them in YouTube. I don't earn money from this (no video ...
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Why these two songs sound similar?

I'm not a music theory expert but found two songs that sound suspiciously similar and no information on the internet as to why, when or even if a major artist intentionally tried to pay homage or ...
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Did Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez infringe on Mahler's Sixth Symphony?

I happened to hear Mahler's Symphony no 6 in A minor Tragic, 3rd Movement, Andante Moderato this week for the first time and was surprised to hear what sounded like the primary theme from Joaquín ...
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Who can remix a song?

I'm thinking of trying to learn how to remix songs with GarageBand and similar applications. So far I'm a total noob, and I'm just wondering who is allowed remix what songs? Is anyone allowed to remix ...
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In jazz, can anyone play any song?

In Jazz a lot of people play and record songs from other jazz players/composers. For instance Mingus played a lot of songs by Duke. My question is this: Are those songs copyrighted? Can anyone play ...
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Covering songs by other artists - does money change hands?

Many bands cover songs by other bands, unofficially at concerts, or usually on live recordings (for example, Kurt doing Man Who Sold the World by David Bowie, at an MTV unplugged concert. I always ...