Music for TV program

acess35's picture
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Joined: 10/22/2009 - 8:29pm

Hello, my name is Clemente and I got to say Videomaker's forums are the best... congratulations!

Ok, this time I have an audio issue regarding rights for music in a TV program.

The thing is that I want to include background music from local musicians in it but, as far as I know, they don't create their own music, they sing covers from different composers.

I don't know if I could get in trouble including theirmusic (eventhough I have their authorization) and, if I do, would they have to compose their own music so I could include them?

Oops, and one more thing... Asumming they say a song is of their own creation and it is not... How can I protect myself?

Thanks for your help and keep up the good work guys.

grinner's picture
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Joined: 12/29/2007 - 2:56am

Don't use covers... or buy rights to them if you do.

I release form that states ownership will be your insurance policy.

H. Wolfgang Porter's picture
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I'm with Grinner, don't use covers! If you are going to use originally composed music, it's best to commission each song from scratch and as Grinner says, 'buy the rights to use it' and document it with a release form with the specifics of your rights of usage.

If you don't want to go down that road, then there are hordes of 'canned music' you can purchase. For the least amount of hassle, I recommend outfits that sell 'Royalty-Free' music. You purchase it once, you can use it much as you want. There are some specific rules in the Royalty-Free Agreement, make sure you read them. However, it's far less hassle than commissioning music.

H.Wolfgang Porter, Composite Media Producer Dreaded Enterprises Unlimited, Inc.

acess35's picture
Last seen: 8 years 7 months ago
Joined: 10/22/2009 - 8:29pm

Thanks guys, as usual, you've been a great help.

Regarding the Royalty-Free music, I already own part ofDigital Juice's collectionbut wanted to givea chance to local talent but, I think I'll have to think and read about it a little bit more 'cause I don't want to take chances.

If there's an extra suggestion, I'll be glad to hear from you.

Best regards.