Re: copyright infringement - music
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Posted by David M. Dingeman, Esq. on March 13, 2003 at 06:29:58:
In Reply to: copyright infringement - music posted by victoria on March 10, 2003 at 00:24:07:
When using another's work commercially, you always need permission from the owner. The type of instrument or amount of sampling are irrelevant.
For non-commercial use, the U.S. copyright statute allows the use of limited portions of a work including quotes, for purposes such as commentary, criticism, news reporting, and scholarly reports.
: This is sort of a sampling question. If you use a keyboard version of an old song (that previously was made with instruments) do you need permission from the original owner? And how about if you use some of their original words for the hook, but not all of them? For example, if you hear the song, you will immediately recognize the hook from the older one, but its about something completely different. I've looked at the pto site, which doesn't really give me a clear answer, and I can't find any cases that clearly draw the line on sampling. Thanks!
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