Started by DingoDave, November 14, 2010, 12:16:06 am
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QuoteHi David, Glad to hear you're still getting some good use out of my baby! ;O) It's actually pretty simple in terms of licensing;Within the MUSICtm products there are three types of musical 'component'... instruments, riffs and songs.The demo songs are copyrighted. You can't use these, or any of the riffs inside them for commercial purposes without the consent of the copyright holder.It's not impossible to sort that out... you just need to find out who they are and ask them for permission and possibly a royalty split. The riffs that are in the library are free to use in your songs, whether that be non-profit or commercial. It might say in the booklet that you need to contactCodemasters or Jester to let them know you're doing it, but there is really is no need any longer, that was just so that the companies could possibly askto use you as good publicity. Now that the products are longer in the tooth, neither Jester nor Codemasters have any large interest in them, so you'resafe on that score. ;O)The instruments, which are essentially samples of pianos, drums, voices and so on, can be freely used in your compositions without any issue.One thing you cannot do (and you will find yourself in deep trouble if you do) is to take the riffs or instruments and try to make a sample CD for othermusicians to use. That is a big no-no as it's essentially just theft... selling the same thing on, but just under a different cover.So, in conclusion...If your songs are constructed out of riffs you've made up from scratch OR riffs from the riff library OR both then you're fine... just go ahead and release!If however you've used any sounds or riffs from the commercial demo songs then that's a bit of a can of worms... if it's just for non-profit release, thenyou're pretty safe to be honest, as there's no money to chase, but it you're selling, then you can bet someone will come knocking at some stage.I hope that's answered your questions?All the best!Tim.
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