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(Message started by: charlotte on May 12th, 2005, 3:05am)

Title: music copywrite question
Post by charlotte on May 12th, 2005, 3:05am
I am producing a video travel show and would like to use some classical music in it....I only need about 50 seconds from two to three pieces...


can anyone help me?

Title: Re: music copywrite question
Post by JSonnabend on May 12th, 2005, 8:01am
If the music is from a recording made in recent years, you'd be infringing the copyright in the recording by using even 50 seconds in your video.  You'd need to get permission from the copyright holder.

- Jeff

Title: Re: music copywrite question
Post by mactheknife on May 12th, 2005, 10:45am
The other option is you can hire your musicians and create your own soundtrack, if you have the money.  The music itself, if it's one of the "standard" classical repertoire, is in the public domain.  Where are you located?  I can give you some pointers on where to look for musicians...

Title: Re: music copywrite question
Post by charlotte on May 12th, 2005, 11:43am
the show is for public access TV and I'm talking about a piece from strauss and a couple of pieces froma cd called gypsy nights recorded  5 to 7 years ago

Title: Re: music copywrite question
Post by JSonnabend on May 13th, 2005, 6:21am
Based on the facts you've given, then, the short answer is, "no, you can't use the music without permission from the copyright holder."

Title: Re: music copywrite question
Post by mactheknife on May 13th, 2005, 10:22pm

on 05/13/05 at 06:21:11, JSonnabend wrote:
Based on the facts you've given, then, the short answer is, "no, you can't use the music without permission from the copyright holder."


I think what Mr. Sonnabend means is that you can't use the sound recordings without permission from the copyright holder.  The music of Strauss (I assume you mean Johann) is in the public domain, you will just have to re-record it with your own musicians.  As for the gypsy music, again if it's traditional then it's in the public domain, you can use it if you re-record it.  If it was composed in the last, say, 80 years or so, then you will need the permission of the owner of the music, even if you choose to re-record it.



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