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copyrighted midi files vs public domain midi files under public domain or creative commons

Here's a scenario. Let's say I use the public domain midi files to make professionally produced sheet music/tablature for teaching purposes. I know I can sell these because I can do whatever with ...
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How does copyright licensing work?

While reading through an album booklet I came across a scenario where the artist, Lana Del Rey had a copyright under exclusive license to sed record company. From an ownership perspective how does ...
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Youtube and copyright on music composition

I posted a video to YouTube featuring a violin performance by my son. It was an original performance, recorded by me and using equipment owned by me. Later I found that ads were appearing on the video ...
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Who is responsible for proving the validity / invalidity of a license for a song should it be challenged?

I have a YouTube video which uses a song that I found on http://freemusicarchive.org/. The website gives me permission to use the song under the CC 3.0 Attribution license. Appropriate credit is ...
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How do I license the use of a song for my video game?

I am having a bit of a dilemma when it comes to the music of my video game, my struggle relies on what do I have to do to get the "rights" of a certain song. What is the process should I follow. I ...
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What rights does a songwriter have when a song is made out as a youtube video by another artist?

I have given permission for another artist to record a song that I have written and that song will also have a video which will most likely go on youtube. What are a songwriter's rights in terms of ...
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Song titles and copyrights

As the copyright owner of a song, can another artist decide to change its title? Or should that be open to change by a performer who wants to perform the song?
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Sharing music PDF I purchased

Let's say I purchased a piece of sheet music in PDF form from the author's website. I can't find anything on their website about licensing restrictions for downloads. Let's say I want to share the ...
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Will using a cover of a song in a film free me from legal obligations?

I want to use the song "Whole Lotta Love" in my upcoming film. Obviously the song is copyrighted by led Zeppelin. So I'm planning to get a few musicians and cover the song and then use it as a ...
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What prevents me from making a derivative of a work never fixed in a tangible medium?

Suppose I'm a singer-songwriter in the United States, and at one of my concerts, I perform a previously unreleased (and in fact never-before-recorded) song. I play this song from memory and by ear; I ...
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music/rhythm based level map for the game - copyright issue

I want to create a music rhythm game. To play in this game, user needs two files: the map and mp3 sound file. Map files will contain special information about song's rhythm structure and doesn't ...
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How to remove YouTube video that infringes my IP?

If someone made a video of my song and uploaded it to YouTube: Is that legal? If not, how can I block the video?
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What prevents me from using official YouTube music video to make money?

Many recording company uploads their full music to be shared freely on their YouTube channel. Can I play it in my restaurant with YouTube, or make an app/games full of popular artists as a BGM by ...
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How are royalties handled for modern orchestral music?

I'm curious how royalties are handled for orchestral compositions (e.g. symphonies, concerti, quartets, etc.) in modern times (20th Century and later). For example, Dmitri Shostakovich's compositions ...
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Is all ORIGINAL VERSION classical sheet music in the public domain?

I know that copyright of any musical composition expires 70 years after a composer's death. Does this apply to written forms of such music, like sheet music? I find many pieces of classical sheet ...
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Copyright infringement of 10 second music clip

I have recently created an animation/parody of famous song and have added about an 8 second clip of the song as the background audio for my animation. However, I would like to post the animation (...
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How do I find out who to contact for copyright permission for sheet music?

I want to make a website hosting a large collection of sheet music from many different artists to be viewed online, but I have no idea how to go about getting permissions to do this. If I had to take ...
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Publish rewritten sheet music

I used a scorewriter to notate a musical piece. I did so by ear and I do not own the original sheet music. (If it makes any difference: I wasn't able to find the sheet music for sale anywhere online) ...
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Is it illegal to sell my original Video game music for a fan game?

So I am making an original video game soundtrack for a fan game I have started developing. The thing is that I want to sell this soundtrack on BandCamp, and IDK if it's legal sense I am going to be ...
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The Legality of Music Datamining

Let us assume that a hit song or two from a list of, say, 200 artists, is transcribed into a digital format which allowed for melody/harmony and other types of analysis. These analyses would produce a ...
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Using North Korean Artists' Music - Copyright Issues

I am interested in using North Korean artists' work (mostly music) for commercial purposes. I cannot contact them so I don't know how to handle copyright issues. Even if there are such problems in ...
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Legality of Music Transcription Service

I'm considering creating a music transcription service as a side hobby project. With this service, clients could request that I transcribe a song (or parts of a song) for them in exchange for a fee. I ...
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iTunes account creation

Imagine a scenario where I am an artist selling my music on Apple's iTunes platform. Legally, would it be appropiate to create 200+ accounts on iTunes, add funds to it and purchase my own music to ...
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Write song to the tune of a copyrighted song

my wife is considering writing (and selling) some childrens' books which will contain songs which are to the tune of various copyrighted songs (like the "Let It Go!" song from Disney's Frozen). She ...
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Can I legally use (read/encode to/decode from) the MP3 format without paying a license fee?

I noticed a lot of different questions about the subject MP3 in the legal website (https://law.stackexchange.com/search?q=mp3). But none of them answer my question really. First of all, I'm thinking ...
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UK Music Copyright - Kenneth J Alford

I am trying to wrap my head around when exactly music enters the public domain and how to work out whether a song is in the public domain. I'm particularly interested in marching music. For American ...
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Sharing MP3 I bought from Amazon

I think it's rude to just download MP3s from the Internet so I buy them from Amazon. But I want to share them with my immediate family. I know that if it was a CD, I could just lend it to them, but ...
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Are there legal consequences for giving away my own musical transcriptions of copyrighted works on a website?

I've transcribed a lot of video game music in my lifetime, and am interested in making these sheet music transcriptions freely available for download on a website. I see that a lot of other websites ...
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Performing a song with changed lyrics — is it a cover or a remix?

I rewrote most of the lyrics of a song, keeping just a few key phrases from the chorus. Most of the background melodies (piano, guitar) are the same, although there are a few small changes. I plan to ...
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Is caching copyrighted content illegal in EU?

I found this question and this article on wiki about copyright aspects in EU. However they don't talk about caching (I found only this for US). Imagine the scenario where there's a service/website ...
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Which laws must I consider when allowing users to upload and stream music?

For context sake, I'm based in the UK - so (primarily) I'm interested in relevant British law, but assuming users of my new software are going to be global - what laws must I pay particular attention ...
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Can I record an arrangement of another composer's music and upload it to YouTube?

I'm writing this orchestral arrangement of two of John Williams' compositions (Imperial March & Kylo Ren's theme). I will use a program to create a synthesized recording and want to upload it to ...
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Could a song that uses different, but phonetically identical lyrics violate copyright?

There is a YouTube video of a song called "Hapi Berth Dey", which the user says is to the tune "Good Morning to You", which is in the public domain. The video never explicitly mentions "Happy ...
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What are the Limits to what is Legally Binding

Awhile ago, a lot of news outlets reported on how the agreement between Martin Shkreli and the Wu Tang Clan regarding their sale of the only copy of their album included the (supposed) wording: The ...
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YouTube - fair / allowed / legal use - is it OK to record music performances?

Quite often I take a GoPro / iPhone and record fragments of a music performance. Quite often I upload the content to YouTube. Quite often I receive following message: The copyright holder, which ...
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Music Royalties

I am currently in the process of creating an online radio. We are almost done and ready to kick off. The radio is based on artists coming to us and sending/uploading their songs for them to be played ...
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Getting a portable version of CD music collection

I own hundreds of original music CDs. I purchased them all at major retail stores. I want to listen to them when I workout. But hundreds of music CDs will not fit in my pocket. I've looked into "...
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What are the steps to follow to use sample from a movie in song?

I wrote a song and I'd like to insert in it a dialogue extracted from a movie. Since I believe the original source is covered by copyrights, I'd like to understand how to proceed to get the permission ...
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What can I do to use classical music in an advertisement?

I'm considering using one of the following pieces of music for a commercial (advertisement of my book): Richard Wagner, Ride of the Valkyries Carl Orff, Carmina Burana, O Fortuna - Fortune plango ...
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Is license required to sell songs replayed on a virtual instrument?

Would it infringe copyright to replay the Star Wars theme on a virtual accordion app and sell the song as a lesson to play? If not would it be allowed if its free? I couldn't find anything on the ...
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Music law: releasing a song I wrote that is performed by others on Spotify

I'm a UK-based singer-songwriter. I've had a demo of a duet I wrote professionally recorded by two session singers in the US, as my voice wasn't what I wanted for this one. Piano track is essentially ...
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Performing music in public

I am a musician. I want to perform music. How do I do this without being sued into oblivion? I am particularly interested in UK law. As I understand it, a specific sound recording (of anything) is ...
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What is the “area” of copyright claims and fair use of songs?

There are many lyrics videos and other audio visualizer videos using songs they clearly don't have ownership own. Many of these receive a copyright strike on Youtube and are subsequently taken down, ...
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Transcribing music and the legality of using musical transcription

I'm learning to play an instrument and I would like to transcribe the songs I heard for later practicing. I have some questions regarding transcribing music and the legality of using musical ...
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Where can I validate my music compositions?

After somebody creates his/her own new song, where does (s)he need to register/verify to be sure it's not a plagiarism? I'm curious how these things work–who has the power to say a song is a ...
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Is it legal to buy second-hand vinyls?

I live in a town that has lots of second-hand stores that sell second-hand vinyl records, tapes, etc, for incredibly low prices. I recently bought the soundtrack from A Clockwork Orange for 1 dollar ...
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When do I need a licence to play music in a public place and how do I get it?

I would like to know if restaurants, lounges, clubs and places like that need a licence to play music. I'm a developer and I would like to develop a solution that would allow them to play music in a ...
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Can anyone record a cover of a song I put on SoundCloud?

My friend asked me if he could record a cover of a song that I put on SoundCloud called Gratitude (License: All Rights Reserved). What legal rights does my friend have? Does he need my permission? ...
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When selling my own cover version of a song, is it legal to mention its appearance in a film for promotion?

Let's say I wish to record my own version of the song Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon. It is obvious that I'm required to pay royalties to the original owner of the song. But while promoting my song, ...
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Legality of using album artwork from freecovers.net

I am building an online store for a vinyl company and I want to create an application to help them add cover artwork to their store. Am I legally allowed to use the artwork from freecovers.net on ...