Say Yes To Life profile image 87

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?

 

sort by best latest

Say Yes To Life profile image87

Yoleen Lucas (Say Yes To Life) says

You can help the HubPages community highlight top quality content by ranking this answer up or down.

3 years ago
 |  Comment
  • RachaelOhalloran profile image

    Rachael O'Halloran (RachaelOhalloran) 3 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.

RachaelOhalloran profile image83

Rachael O'Halloran (RachaelOhalloran) says

You can help the HubPages community highlight top quality content by ranking this answer up or down.

3 years ago
 |  Comment
  • RachaelOhalloran profile image

    Rachael O'Halloran (RachaelOhalloran) 3 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


  • See all 3 comments
Snøwman profile image61

Snøwman says

You can help the HubPages community highlight top quality content by ranking this answer up or down.

3 years ago
 |  Comment