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(Message started by: curious on May 7th, 2004, 5:06am)

Title: Can I do this legally?
Post by curious on May 7th, 2004, 5:06am
I am an instructor at a university that is helping some students with a project.  Basically, they are putting together a recruiting video for a non-profit student organization.  This video would only be shown at recruiting events and would not be produced to be sold.  Can they use portions of current songs as background music in the video?

I am looking for legal references and your thoughts.  Thanks for your help.

Title: Re: Can I do this legally?
Post by m on May 7th, 2004, 9:58am
If the music is incidental, such that it "just happens to be caught" in the background of scenes and interviews, then it is okay. Otherwise, such as the case of dubbing in background music in production after the fact and thus making it a considerable part of the work, then you do need permission. The motivation (non-profit, recruiting) is not relevant.

Title: Re: Can I do this legally?
Post by Jenny Bazeley on May 26th, 2004, 10:45pm
Hi

Do you know if "We're with you all the way" has been copy-writed and if so, to whom?

Thanks
Jenny

Title: Re: Can I do this legally?
Post by M. Arthur Auslander on May 28th, 2004, 7:34am
Dear Jenny Bazeley,

Phrases are usually not protectable by a copyright. A use associated with goods or services my be protected as a trademark.

Title: Re: Can I do this legally?
Post by tabberone on May 28th, 2004, 9:29am
"we're with you all the way"

Trademarked by Hilton Hospitality, Inc and Michael Sumner

One legal services, one hotel services.

Title: Re: Can I do this legally?
Post by M. Arthur Auslander on May 29th, 2004, 4:51am
Dear tabberone,

Just because you are smarter than most lawyer, doesn't mean that the unwary should tempt fate, even if you could ward them off.

Why not get a clean start?



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