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Late edit Re the other, anonymous, answer Of course you have to pay [If I hadn't already made that clear] The main issue is whether you will be allowed to use it at all, if you've heavily modified it. This will vary by territory. I only know the UK stance on this, however… In the UK, you need no permission to simply cover a song. It is a legal requirement ...


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If caught without asking permission up front, it gets you a law suit, or at minimum, a takedown. Commentary is not covered under music publication laws, but under far more stringent broadcast laws. You could try to claim "fair use" but it's far better to have written permission first. They may even give you usage for free, if you're lucky. Note: Laws ...


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Complicated question, and disclaimer: I am not a lawyer Yes they are copyrighted. It's ok to record a song by Duke Ellington and publish the album as long as you pay the rights to whatever association manages these rights in your country. In France it is the SACEM, I believe that in the USA, the RIAA is in charge of this, and according to Wikipedia, in ...


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No - if music is free - it does not 100% mean it is royalty-free. Most royalty-free music requires you to pay for it, for the continued or one-off privilege to use it! There are also plenty of websites that provide free (cost-wise) and royalty-free music - in which case lucky you! If it isn't labelled "royalty-free" or something similar, it's best to ...


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I assume the chances of making a piece too similar to an already existing piece, is high that's quite true! especially since the music I'm making is very simple Don't worry, all melodies I know are related with others. If one will strike for copyright ... just tell me and I will show them a dozen of other tunes that already existed before someone came ...


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Do nothing. Your work is protected automatically, as ensured by (most notably) the Berne Convention, which is ratified almost everywhere in the world. Registering your work at a copyright office, mailing it to yourself in a sealed envelope, and marking it with 'All rights reserved' etc. are not requirements. Only if you want to relinquish some of your ...


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Like user2808054 says, if you're just messing around at home, you can do what you want. But if you're going to start publicly displaying your music (for money or not) a number of different rules start cropping up, such as copyright, and various other Creative Commons licences. Arrangements If you write an arrangement of a piece, you need to give credit to ...


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It depends on what you're going to do with it. If it's just for home use and your own enjoyment, then you can do what you want. If you're going to try to sell it and call it your own (ie, a commercial venture), then there will certainly be an issue about copyright. Working out who owes who what is a hugely complicated area. If you're remixing a song, using ...


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Within the USA, If a musical composition has previously been released in recorded form, anyone may record their own version if they file a request for a compulsory license (which the copyright holder is required to grant), pay a certain fee per copy distributed (it used to be 8 cents for works up to 5 minutes, or 1.6 cents per minute for longer works, but ...


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Ask a lawyer. Anyone here would be remiss for providing concrete advice on this unless they are a lawyer. A few things to keep in mind: Always ask permission. I've never been turned down but would hate to find out what it's like to have an angry composer, artist or well known public figure sue for damages. I think that it's Harry Fox that owns the ...


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The answer depends on where you got the voice of the sports commentator: If you hire someone for the purpose of your recording, then you own the copyright, and your use of the sound recording does not infringe on your own rights. If you use a recording of a sports commentator that is in the public domain, then there is no copyright to infringe. Whether a ...


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To recap, we are considering the question of whether the minor key theme in Mahler's Sixth Symphony, Andante Moderato movement, is similar to the subsequent composition of either or both of the two melodic themes in Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, Adagio (the second movement in this work), so similar as to support a hypothesis that Rodrigo unconsciously ...


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Fair use laws in the U.S. are middling-ly clear imo, but I find Fair-dealing laws in Canada less so. Europe and the UK have their own similar frameworks. Generally, it depends on how/why you are using the recording (parody, education, etc.), how much of it you are using etc. If you think people will hear your song and that you will earn money from it, then ...


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THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE AND MAY CONTAIN FACTUAL ERRORS WITH RESPECT TO THE LAW. PLEASE CONTACT A LAWYER SPECIALIZING IN COPYRIGHT FOR LEGAL ADVICE. Normally we don’t answer legal questions here but I think this one is simple enough to give basic context. Music in the public domain may be used by anyone for any purpose. Want to arrange JS Bach 24 preludes ...


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YouTube automatically scans videos for copyright violations, which can be either good or bad for you depending on what material you use. Depending on their agreement with the copyright owner, YouTube will either take the video down or direct the ad revenue to the copyright owner. So you can post your works to YouTube, but understand that they might get taken ...


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The Giraffes? Giraffes! recording was released before the Daft Punk recording, but that doesn't necessarily tell us when either was written. To me the obvious difference is with meters. Giraffes? Giraffes! mixes meters, but the Daft Punk stays in 4/4 time. It's hard to compare the tempos with different meters, but the Giraffes? Giraffes! track feels ...


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Something simple and inexpensive is to put a recording and the music into a registered / recorded delivery envelope, and post it to yourself. Then you will always have proof of when that song was born. Anyone plagiarising it at a later date can be shown proof that the song existed long before they 'wrote' it. Cheap and cheerful, as opposed to obtaining ...


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