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Would I be violating copyright by transcribing music that was written over 100 years ago, but published in 1992?

A particular set of piano rolls were recorded before 1913, but to my knowledge were not published until 1989. The recordings are piano transcriptions of symphonic works, performed by their composer/...
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In the US, is it legal to download mashup songs from YouTube for personal use?

Let's take for example the song Viva la Pompeii, a mashup of Pompeii by Bastille and Viva La Vida by Coldplay, both copyrighted songs. As far as I can tell, the mashup itself is not copyrighted. If I ...
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Is there a licensing recourse to recycling a riff?

I don't mean covering a song and making a few changes to the arrangement; there are mechanical licenses for that. I don't mean sampling, because this involves recording, and I'm thinking of playing ...
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Are the title and author of a song protected by copyright?

I am developing a platform where users can search songs by BPM and Key. The only thing that came to my mind is: can I show songs' titles and authors after the user does a search, without violating the ...
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Do I need a license to play music on free internet radio?

I want to make an internet radio station where I play music I like. If there are no adds and I don't make any money whatsoever, do I need to worry about copyright?
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Use a Netflix Show Title in a Product [closed]

I'm a music arranger, and I am preparing a series of string quartet pieces. I want to use an "Inspired by the Netflix series 'Bridgerton'" phrase (or some such phrasing) on the packaging and ...
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Is it ok to set up a private music website without royalties? [closed]

Suppose that there is a private band. They occasionally record covers for the fun of it, they don't distribute, sell, or perform live so don't require any permission / royalties for their covers. ...
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Is a teacher playing music in the hallway legal?

I am a highschooler in Alabama (USA) in a school of 700 or more (not 100% sure). When walking through the school, there is a teacher playing music into the hallways. The issue is that the songs she ...
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Can the copyright status for unreleased musical work expire

This may be an iterative of a common question, though I feel the specific scenario justifies asking. Is there an established guideline regarding the longevity of copyright protection status for an ...
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If my app is published in multiple countries, which jurisdiction does it fall under? [duplicate]

If I submit my app to Korean Appstore, but if it's also published in other countries' appstores as well (US, Japan, Mexico, etc), which country's jurisdiction does my app fall under? If it falls under ...
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Creating a cover song for a video game

Based on some cursory internet searches, I understand the following: If you create a cover song, you still need a license for it from whoever owns the original song. If you want to put a song in a ...
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Are Midi files copyrighted?

If I have a midi file of a public domain work, it the midi file copyrighted? This is a question that is related to this thread/question: Can I use public domain midi files commercially?
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Can I use public domain MIDI files commercially? [closed]

Lets say I made professional music with the hope of selling them from public domain MIDI files. The files would have been modified slightly with the notes arranged slightly differently. Would that be ...
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What are the legal actions that can be taken against me and my app for breaching the YouTube Terms and Conditions?

Suppose, I create an Android app that streams music/songs illegally by playing them in a YouTube player while hiding the player view, and also allows downloading the videos offline both of which are ...
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How do I give all the right credit to the Harry Potter company and John Williams if I create a variation on the theme song? [closed]

I want to know how do I give all the right credit to the Harry Potter company and John Williams if I create a variation on the theme song for it and if I plan to sell it. I don't want to be sued by ...
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I want to do a piano tutorials platform and I have copyrights question [closed]

We are working on a solution to learn the piano, like this one, or this one. I have read that for each song that I will add on the platform, I'll need to have the permission of the artist (and we will ...
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Is it allowed to use a copyrighted music track on a video, but without integrating the audio into the video?

It's generally known that if you use a song to create a music video, you must have obtained a master use license to publish the track as a part of the music video, and also a synchronization license ...
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Music in private online social gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic

Me and a small group of friends (10 people) are going to have a party. Normally, we would meet each other at someones home. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everybody will stay at their own ...
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Uploading purchased (edited) music to YouTube

Say that a hobbyist DJ purchases CDs, digital tracks and what are known as mixtapes (free music) and slows them down or things like that. If that DJ wants to share the result of this, is it legal to ...
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Copyright of a children's song with no author or date information

As a follow-up on Copyright of children's folklore songs, artist A wants to use the melody of "Five little ducks". The song is not on the list of public domain songs. A sound recording ...
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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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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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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 ...