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Downloading Music i bought from Google play [closed]

please don't make fun of me for this question: i have bought a new song on google play with opinion rewards. I'm wondering if its legal to download a song i bought. i know this may seem like a dumb ...
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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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Server based music player for personal music

Is it legal to create saas application where users could upload own music on server storage which they would get with service and then use app for playing that music via streaming. Users could not ...
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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 (...
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Using recorded music for a light show

I'm in a band and we have a concert coming up. We play our own music, and even though we include some covers in our performances, I'm aware of venue blanket licenses and that I should not worry about ...
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Trademark or Copyright for song title and lyrics

I wrote a song called “She came OUT through the bathroom window”. I’m also singing the sentence in the song. I was wondering if I could be getting into any trademark og copyright problems as The ...
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Is it legal to sell products whose design uses titles of copyrighted songs?

There are some similar questions here, but I believe mine is a little different. Is it legal to sell products (t-shirts, mugs, etc.) that use typography art of the titles of famous songs. Also, can ...
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Can I use Creative Common remixes of original songs in my apps?

I am starting to develop an advent calendar ready for December. For this app, I want to have Christmas music. In order to make sure that I don't run into any copyright issues, I am using Creative ...
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How to legally exploit an old Jazz music without copyright issues?

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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Will my app i'm building be breaching any copyright laws [closed]

Currently building an app where it may include copyrighted words as its running like a karaoke type app With it including things that are copyrighted what can I do in regards to this?
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To what extent can I use a song for a published production?

There's a particular song that I applied so many effects to that all of the lyrics and specific melodies are beyond recognition, but, if you were to listen to the two songs side by side, still has the ...
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Would I violate copyright by making transcriptions of copyrighted music and posting them online if I don't make money off of it? [duplicate]

If I were to make transcriptions of copyrighted music and make them available on sites such as MuseScore or post the audio on YouTube and I did not make any kind of advertising revenue or any money ...
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When is it illegal to play someone else's copyrighted song on an instrument?

I am learning guitar and found out that Justin Sandercoe (from famous guitar teaching website justinguitar.com) has been forced to remove some of his lessons because the song he was teaching his ...
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Is modifying a song's audio using youtube's Phase Vococer to slow it down to 0.25% a copyright violation?

On the surface, this seems like a simple question. At quick glance, you might immediately say: "Yes, changing the speed of a song is a derivative work". According to wikipedia, a transformed work is ...
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Music Downloading Laws

Now, yes, I know, downloading music or duplicating CDs is illegal. However, I overheard someone talking about the matter. Assume I bought the album ABC with the songs A through Z from a store (i.e. ...
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Sharing music BOUGHT from Amazon Music?

I know that reproduction is, generally, illegal. However, if you don't buy the music and try to share the (encrypted) files, they don't play if one doesn't use the Amazon Music app. Buying the music ...
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Uploading images of music notation: Do we violate copyright laws?

As I have noticed, it is rather common on music.SE to post a photo of a few bars and ask for help how to play it, e.g. fingering, how to play ornaments, etc. Is that according to copyright laws? My ...
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To what extent can one claim copyright over a sound?

It would seem unlikely that one could secure copyright of the musical note A 440 (for example). Generally, more complex sounds (music, sound effects) are complex permutations, mutations or ...
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Can a Work For Hire agreement be made without compensation?

I'm working on a musical recording that will be owned by my LLC and released for free under a Creative Commons license. I would like to include a few friends as session musicians who would like to ...
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Create a lead sheet and play a song in a church service

I am an amateur musician who often performs (sings, plays guitar, plays piano) at church. I attend a Unitarian Universalist congregation, and so the songs are often secular ones (a recent one was ...
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How do I copyright a song with my lyrics but a public domain melody?

I used a melody from an old Eastern European folk song and my own lyrics to record myself singing and playing the guitar. Do I copyright just the lyrics and just the performance or copyright the ...
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How can NaxosofAmerica claim copyright for classical music in Youtube?

I know that classical music is public domain, so no-one can claim that they own classical music. But I add a classical music: I. Allegro in one of my Youtube videos (https://youtu.be/WJ13om_YkKg), and ...
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Multieffect pedals- Do companies pay royalties to original pedal makers?

When looking into effects list of multieffect pedals (ex: Boss Gt6, Zoom ms50g...), the manual clearly identifies the effects of whom the original pedals where modeled from. And recent multieffect ...
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Is it considered piracy to put in game music into music library

Various games I have legally purchaced have music files that can easily found by looking through the game files. Is it piracy to put this music onto a mp3 player or phone if it is just for personal ...
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How much of a song's audio can I include in teaching materials without copyright violation?

I would like to build some educational material that would incorporate music. Is it possible to include short sections of musical works without violating copyright? How much of the song would be "...
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Can I publish a DJ mix that uses Creative Commons-licenced music with the No Derivative parameter?

If I record a DJ mix (in which songs are synced, layered and faded in and out) that contains Creative Commons-licensed track with the "No Derivative" parameter (for example, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0), am I ...
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Legal implications of selling language learning lessons plans based on copyrighted popular songs?

I'm considering starting a company that would create and sell pre-made lesson plans for language teachers based on copyrighted popular songs. I am not a lawyer or legally inclined, but I imagine this ...
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Making a paid app using Youtube API

For a school project we need to make a small business start-up. For our start-up we are going to make a music app which uses the Youtube API to play the videos. We also need to think how we can make ...
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Copyright issues - Cover song on online platforms

If I upload a cover song on platform where a cover song can not be sold(commercialized) but users have an option to support me financially on that website. Will I be liable for copyright issues? ...
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Reproducing sheet music as artwork

I'm thinking about starting a business that uses written melodies as artwork (making a poster using the sheet music of somebody's favourite song, for example). I would be transcribing the tunes by ear ...
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Is it illegal to post a music mix containing professional artists' songs?

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 such as my friends and work colleagues to ...
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Rights for live performances

If i want to use an audio and/or video recording of a live event with comercial purposes, who are the parties involved that i need to contact?
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Song files for public performance

Once I've paid a Performing Rights Organization (eg. ASCAP) for a public performance license, how do I obtain the actual music files? Do the licensing companies provide them, or do I need to purchase ...
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Music samples for market research surveys [closed]

Would using short clips (8-15 seconds) of songs embedded in online surveys for market research fall under fair use? If not, what type of music license would be required for this application? The ...
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Is performance of a copyrighted written music copyright infringement?

Suppose If play some piece from sheet music that contains Copyright information such as: Information: Copyright 2006 ABC Music Co. ... Reproduced by permission of DEF Music. All rights Reserved. ...