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- April 18, 2010 at 4:00 PM #43216AnonymousInactive
I am building a website to market my video editing/dvd montage services and want to use some videos I’ve made as samples. They include Itunes songs that I have purchased. The question is … I am not actually selling these videos but am selling my services. Can I legally do that since I don’t intend to sell the video?
I think that’s still illegal because you’re technically benefiting from the use of someone else’s copyrighted work
I am not a lawyer nor do I play one on TV – However, unless you have specifically obtained rights to these popular songs (if you don’t know for certain then you have not done so) I would not post them anywhere or even make the videos available outside your living room.
You will need sync rights, mechanical rights, performance rights, distribution rights, etc….
Better to go with royalty free or some other easily and inexpensively licensed form of music. Look around in these forums for scads of royalty free suggestions.
“They include Itunes songs that I have purchased.”
What you purchase is the license to listen to the music on your own devices. Read the fine print.
Interesting debateisn’t it? I have several DVDs of audioclips sold by Magix. Their program allows anyone with a modicum of musicalknowhow toput these clips into a timeline and concoct what is, to all intents and purposes, their own composition which I think means that the person compiling thetune is the composer and copyright holder. But it appears Magix say no, that is not the case, the musicians who played thoseindividual drum, bass, trumpet, sax, guitar clips are the copyright holders and soit is illegal toput all those pieces together, turn out anew compositionand use it as a soundtrack or theme tuneonvideo. Seems highly unfair to me. The musicians were – presumably – paid to produce the clips, Magix make their money by selling the DVDs but the end user – ie me – can’t play my own compositions except on my own stereo at home for fear that I land a huge bill for copyright payments etcetc. Or have I got it wrong?
bobcypheruk, can you post the language Magix uses that says you can’t do that (or a link to it)? I’d like to read it. It is interesting. I think the posts above are correct about music–you can’t use it in your own productions for any purposes, commercial or otherwise–you can just listen to it. But with your music creation software, I’d like to hear more.
To be a copyrightable work it has to be a work–a creation, not just a sound. The maker of a guitar or electric pianosynthesizer can’t claim intellectual property rights in the songs you create with his instrument. But if a musician composes a song, she can claim copyrights to that work.
I’m not familiar with Magix but it appears (to me) tobe ina grey area between musical instruments and a CD of composed songs.