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What are copyright / fair use laws regarding uploading music on YouTube?


When I was at High Cascade Snowboard Camp a couple weeks ago, I took part in their talent contest. I played the song, "Life in a Northern Town" from YouTube, while displaying a slide show I'd put together; over the music, I sang lyrics I had written myself, "Life in a Snowboard Camp". Everyone was really touched; some male counselors had tears in their eyes. I won first prize. Can I legally upload this on YouTube? If not, is there another way I can upload it here on HubPages? Or would that be illegal?

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Rachael O'Halloran (RachaelOhalloran) says

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    Rachael O'Halloran (RachaelOhalloran) 2 years ago

    US Laws do not apply.. The band is from England so to reproduce any of their work requires a license. Lawsuits have been filed & won when just a few bars of music was used - MCHammer, Beastie Boys for just 3 bars! Fair use vs lawsuit. Better to


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Yoleen Lucas (Say Yes To Life) says

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    Rachael O'Halloran (RachaelOhalloran) 2 years ago

    I'm not a lawyer, I just write alot on it. As far as I know, if you use even 3 bars of a song w/o permission, even if it is just the instrumental part, you are infringing on their copyright. Sorry.

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