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?
The song "Life in a Northern Town" is still under copyright since it is a 1985 recording by The Dream Academy. However, the group seems to have granted permission to a number of other musical ensembles to record or perform their hit in a public venue.
You would need to write The Dream Academy to ask permission to use.
Tell them you are using just the instrumental music and have put your own words to it, as I understand from your post. Your use can be considered "fair use" if any case of copyright infringement would be brought against you.
Copyrights last now for 95 years after the death of the author.
Rather than get into it, it is best to use melodies and songs that are in the Public Domain or songs whose copyrights have expired. If you can extract the music from your video where you are only singing YOUR words to the melody, you would not be guilty of copyright infringement.
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.
Since you wrote your own lyrics to it it's considered fair use. It's legal to upload to youtube without asking permission.
RachaelOhalloran - what if I simply included the YouTube link to the song that already exists? Would that be ok? Below it, I could include the pictures of my slide show?
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