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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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?

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

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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Is there a legal difference between sampling an existing record and sampling your own performance of the music? [closed]

Where can I learn more (aside from law school) about the legal difference between these two scenarios: I write and record an original song that includes a sampled vocal line from another existing ...
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Is free music royalty free? [closed]

I'm getting into the DJ world as an amateur but still, I would like to post my mixes on, let's say, SoundCloud, without getting any kind of trouble from licensing etcetera. I recently came across a ...
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Rights on publishing music [closed]

I gather that, in the U.S. at least, any work created before ~1923 is in the public domain now. Does that mean that anyone can publish and sell, say, an unaltered sheet of Bach? What about ...
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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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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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Multieffects pedals- Do companies pay royalties to original pedal makers? [closed]

When looking into the effects list of multi-effect pedals (ex: Boss Gt6, Zoom ms50g...), the manual clearly identifies the effects that the original pedals were modeled from. And recent multi-effect ...
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Can I post a music mix containing professionals' songs? [closed]

I enjoy electronic music and making mixes / compositions of my favourite songs. I'm not a producer, I just download and put together good songs for others to listen to, such as my friends and work ...
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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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How do I reserve all rights for my songs? [closed]

What is the procedure in order for me to reserve all copyrights of my songs? Is there an authority I need approval from? Is it something that I can do myself?
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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 ...