Updated: Apr 30, 2020
In this blog, I will talk about the copyright implications regarding my
remix, soundalike and Jingle.
A remix comes under the laws of fair use:
In its most general sense, a fair use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and “transformative” purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work. Such uses can be done without permission from the copyright owner.
- (https://fairuse.stanford.edu/author, 2013)
For my remix I did a jazz song that was provided to me by my Papa who is a jazz musician, this would be classified as an official remix and already I am saving myself some time with copyright laws as the original artist is providing me the song. It is also legal to make a remix without doing this but your song needs to be clearly understood that it is a remix and does not sound similar.
If I were to release this song I would need to check with the artist and also apply for a mechanical license.
"A mechanical license is an agreement between a music user and the owner of a copyrighted composition (song), that grants permission to release the song in an audio-only format (interactive audio streams, digital downloads, CDs, vinyl). This permission is also called mechanical rights."
- (“What is a mechanical license? - Easy Song Licensing,” 2020)
Do to do this I could go through APRA/AMCOS who is the Australian organization that is in charge of these rights.
For my Sound-Alike I worked with my team to recreate the Stone Roses Song I wanna be adored. From my research, this project does not come under fair use as we are completely copying the original and we are also using the original video.
Thus we are not remixing the song or changing any part of it. As this is an educational project we could possibly use fair use to release our project but only for the audio. The video I don't believe we would be able to use fair use with.
For the Jingle/Trailer I am already breaking fair use by using the original video in its full length. For the song, I am doing the same style of music I have used similar instruments from the original but my arrangement is different. The Foley and sound effects are a mix of my own recordings and sounds downloaded from free sound The free sound files come under the creative commons attribution act so I just need to credit the person who recorded the sounds. If I were to upload my project to YouTube it would probably receive a copyright claim due to the video.
https://fairuse.stanford.edu/author. (2013, April 4). What Is Fair Use? Retrieved April 19, 2020, from Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center website: https://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/fair-use/what-is-fair-use/