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Is the .exe file format copyrighted by Microsoft in a creative naming capacity?

I wanted to know if the name of the .exe file format used by Microsoft Operating Systems is copyrighted. As in, is it possible that I'm committing copyright infringement by adding that suffix ("....
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What rights do lyricists usually grant to composers for musical productions? [duplicate]

Suppose a poet is contacted by a composer inspired by his/her poetry, and they agree to use a few of his/her poems in the composer's new orchestral production (which will be released as a CD). They ...
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Royalty split between a singer/songwriter and composer/producer [closed]

I have written the lyrics to a song, came up with the melody and paid a composer to translate it into musical notes and create the song (with instruments). I paid for his services. Now, I want to ...
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Playing copyrighted music legally -> personal and small group usage

I play guitar. I just want to know what is legal or not regarding my playing copyrighted music. I understand that performing in public (whatever that means!? Formal event? More than just me? Other?))...
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Copyright of children's folklore songs

Suppose artist A wanted to include a song to the tune of a children's nursery rhyme, such as Pretty Little Dutch Girl. This song was written in the 1940s, so if the composer was Australian, it would ...
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If I were to transcribe someone's arrangement of a copyrighted piece and credit them, would I violate copyright laws? [duplicate]

I was wanting to transcribe an arrangement of a song from YouTube and make the sheets available on MuseScore, giving credit to the arranger. The arranger hadn't made any sheet music of their ...
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Can I get sued if someone uses a song on my app without proper copyrights?

I have a small social media sort of app, if some user were to use a song on my platform without proper copyrights can the platform(my app) get sued ? No there is no monetization for user.
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Can music publishers/agents demand service fees for compulsory copyright licenses

By my reading of the compulsory copyright licensing rules, if I want to record a cover of a song and sell one copy of it, I would need to obtain a license, but if I send in a proper notice along with ...
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Copyright laws on music instrumental tracks?

First off, I know very little about the law whatsoever - so please bear with me on this one! :) In my spare time, I've being making instrumental accompaniments to some of my favourites musicals and ...
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Risk/Information Regarding Copyright/Trademark Violation

I have previously participated in the illicit accessing of files (music, etc.) that were most likely copyrighted/trademarked/etc. as well as the distribution of modified versions of these files (...
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If you parody a song and put it in a movie or in a successful YouTube/Netflix series, do you still need to contact copyright holders? [duplicate]

I am parodying several songs for the soundtrack of what will hopefully be a full feature movie, and would like to know if by doing so I have to contact the copyright holders to obtain a license. --I ...
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Legality of short clips cut from famous movies to fit a new soundtrack

Bob has written a short piece of music and realized that it brilliantly fits certain sequences from a certain famous, copyrighted movie. He cuts essentially a music video from those sequences which ...
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Usage rights for a composition that later turned out to be plagiarism

If an artist makes a composition and later turns out to be a plagiarism from another, who bought the rights, or perhaps used it because it was released under creative commons, will it have ...
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Can musicians effectively sue politicans that use their songs without permission?

Just about every presidential election cycle I can recall has multiple stories of candidates using songs at their rallies which they have failed to secure permission for. Afterwards, there will a ...
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Is there a requirement to delete already illegally downloaded music?

If someone has illegally pirated music and has it downloaded is there a legal requirement for him to delete it?
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What could be done if a TV show used a person's music without that person's permission?

What would happen in the scenario where a show on a TV network played a tune during the show that another person owned? Let's say that the show was broadcast a few years after the music was composed, ...
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Copyright compliance for music used in a TV show

How do shows recorded and syndicated for replay on television (and comparable media) comply with the copyright of a music they play but do not own?
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Is my overseas music distributor in breach of their licensing agreement? How do I get money owed to me? [closed]

When I first started making music several years ago I used a service called Music Kickup; they're based in Helsinki, Finland and I am based in California, US. They take music I send them, put it on ...
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Do guitar tablature websites or websites that provide sheet music have to pay royalties to songs authors?

Do websites that provide guitar tablature or musical notes of popular songs have to pay royalties to song authors or record labels ? I'm talking about websites like: https://www.songsterr.com/ ...
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Can I put a song title in my novel?

I know that for put a song i need to pay for it, but what if I put a song title in my novel like the title of a chapter (example: "21st Century Schizoid Man") or the name of a character (example: "...
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Can I play the famous song “The Stars and Stripes Forever” in my mobile phone commercial game ? Is there any copyright issue?

The song " The Stars and Stripes Forever " is a very famous song in the US. The song was composed by John Philip Sousa in 1896. By a 1987 act of the U.S. Congress, it is the official National ...
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Licensing an image and artwork

A musician asked me to create his latest album cover off one of my photographs. He's not famous and will only publish his work on a few music websites, so he will use the artwork as a digital file ...
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Why Genius doesn't have problems with lyrics copyright?

I know that lyrics of almost all songs are subject to copyright law (am I right?). But I never heard that Genius (genius.com) where such lyrics are posted without any care had any problems with the ...
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What countries' copyright laws would I need to abide by if I wrote a heavily modified rearrangement of an existing song for third-party usage?

Let's say that I, citizen of Alicetopia in the EU, were creating a derivative work of a copyrighted composition. This would be a heavily modified instrumental rearrangement of an existing song, to the ...
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is creating an app/website/software which uses youtube-dl for videos download from YouTube legal?

I'm pretty sure that it won't be legal in some or the work way. However, I want to clarify my doubt about legal issues again. I read this article about it - is it legal to download youtube videos? ...
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Auto-generating every possible melody to forstall copyright: will this work?

This article describes a scheme to have a computer generate every possible "8-note, 12-beat melody combo" and release it under a Creative Commons license so that anyone can use it (not exactly public ...
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If I transcribed a music piece that normally would not be allowed to be uploaded on youtube, would I be able to upload the sheet music? [duplicate]

I transcribed a piece of music onto sheet music using the original instruments from the song. The song would normally not be allowed on youtube due to copyright, however since I transcribed it myself ...
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How can I determine what elements of a work are covered by a copyright mark?

I have sheet music for a piece of classical music that bears the following copyright claim: © 1927 Carl Fischer, New York. © renewed 1955 Fritz Fischer Fischer is a well-known publisher of ...
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Is musescore.com violating CC-BY-NC by requiring a paid account to download such files?

On musescore.com, there are several song arrangements released under CC-BY-NC (or CC-BY-NC-SA or CC-BY-NC-ND) licenses. However, musescore.com won't let you download many of these unless you have a ...
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Do I need permission to “reimagine” songs?

Let’s say I want to write a song that “complements” an older song; the riff would be original, but reminiscent of the older song (and there will be a few lyrical references to it). Is this “...
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Would a hypothetical anonymous musical be artist in violation of Spotify's Terms of Service?

In Spotify's Terms of Service (specifically, Section 8: User guidelines, Statement #8.22 of https://www.spotify.com/us/legal/spotify-for-artists-terms-and-conditions/), Spotify states that in ...
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Fair use of licenced music snippets in a commercial, educational product

I have a commercial product that teaches music theory using a series of short videos. In an upcoming video, I'd like to give examples of particular theory concepts using several short snippets of ...
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Downloading Music I bought from Google Play [closed]

I have bought a new song on Google Play (using Opinion Rewards). Google gives me the option to download the song but I want to know if it's legal or not.
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Is it legal to publish a script that downloads music from a website?

Is it legal to just publish a Python script that downloads mp3 from an external website, being that the action of downloading is not legal? Is there some kind of repercussion?
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Using a public domain opera, recorded by someone else, in a parody

I found a YouTube video of a public domain opera, and I want to use the sound portion in a musical parody. I will only use parts of it, alter it dramatically, and wish to claim "Fair Use." Is it ...
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Is it legal to burn music to a cd for personal use?

I have a number of music CD disks, which take up a large amount of space. I hence want to burn all this music to a single larger disk so that these CD disks do not take up as much space in my car. Is ...
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Is this excerpt from a classical piece copyrighted?

I am writing a progressive rock song of around 10 minutes in length. For the first two minutes, I play Shostakovich's Fugue in A Major. This piece is not in public domain, so I know I have to make ...
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Music Transposition Copyright

So I am designing a mobile app that transposes music for the user. The user can only transpose four notes at a time, and they are required to input the notes themselves. Are there any copyright laws ...
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Is there a way to let users of an audio editor web application upload audio files (music, most likely), without copyright infringement?

I assume, in case of a desktop app, the author of the software doesn't have to take responsibility for the software being used with pirated music, if all files are stored on the users computer. ...
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Mechanical Rights for Beethoven's Piano Sonata

I'd like to use a music based on Beethoven's Piano Sonata in my short movie. I'm planning to ask a violin player to work with the score and use the recorded music for my movie. How can we deal with ...
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How to use free sound for commercial use?

I discovered that some sound effects in Minecraft comes from web sites that offers free sfx, some of these sounds are under the 'CC BY-NC 3.0' licence which is a non-commercial one. Yet, Minecraft ...
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Use of copyrighted music on my dancing video app

I'm building a dancing video android app based on talent. I wanted to know if dancing videos which contain copyrighted music can actually be posted or if I should get music licensing from record ...
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Copyright licensing and Passenger Ships

As a passenger ship (note; not a cruise ship) we sail port to port, country to country, and in each place we go we run cultural events and conferences for the local people on board in our conference ...
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how does copyright work for performer and singing cover tunes and or singing a translation i worote

I have translated a few songs from the 19 century and early 20th century. i sing as well and would like to perform them and post them on my youtube page and or record them . One one of the ...
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Downloading music using “online converters”

Is it illegal to use online converters to download .mp3 files of songs from websites such as Soundcloud, YouTube etc. You can search online for terms such as youtube to mp3 or download from ...
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How are MIDI files of copyrighted music licensed?

Anyone with a music studio can easily download a .midi file from the internet, and then use it to produce a musical track. A midi file exists online for almost every song in the world, and you can ...
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Parody or Infringement? (United States of America)

I am struggling with the difference between these definitions. Q: Is this a Parody or a Copyright Infringement? In a proposed pilot for a TV/Web show aimed at children for edutainment, one of the ...
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Keeping converted music files after the expiration of Apple Music membership

Assume someone used Boilsoft Apple Music Converter (which they purchased) to remove DRM protection from music stored in their Apple Music Library, converted that music to the mp3 format and stored it ...
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Music Law - what type of liscence is required?

I am a playwright designing a show for the cruise line industry and am curious about the rights and licenses that apply to using popular music in my show. I intend to play the popular music, (as the ...
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Is making a home music server legal?

I am planning to make a Local-Area-Network personal music server program. The idea is that the program lets you host your music so you can stream it from any of your devices on your local network (...