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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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.
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
I gues it would be best for me to leave the viideo off. I see loads of songs on YouTube, and wonder why they're on there if there are legal ramifications. I believe better safe than sorry. Thanks!
What Snowman said is only half true. Using their music with your words is still their music, even if they are no longer a band. You can do as you wish, I'm just giving you my opinion as someone who writes on copyright issues.