Using a Mozart song in my independent film. at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > All Things Audio

All Things Audio
Everything Audio, from acquisition to postproduction.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old January 14th, 2006, 05:39 PM   #1
Tourist
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 3
Using a Mozart song in my independent film.

If I were to use a small part of Symphony No. 40, 1st Movement by Wolfgang Mozart in my film who would I contact for permission/royalty information? I would assume that it would be royalty-free as it is classical music and obviously the composer is long dead, but I want to make sure. Thanks all.
Michael Matyi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 14th, 2006, 05:53 PM   #2
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 542
I'm no lawyer, so don't rely on me, but...

You're probably fine just as long as you aren't using someone else's recording of the song. If you record it yourself, and the performers playing signed a "work for hire" contract with you, or if whoever has the rights to the recording gave you a sync license to use the recording, then you're probably good to go. But the point is, there are rights in the song itself, in the performers on the recording, and in the recording itself -- any or all of which may or may not still retain some rights. In this case, I think the composition is in the public domain, but that's only one piece of the puzzle. Also, sometimes a specific arrangement of the piece can be copyrighted I believe, which is another thing to watch out for.
Bill Binder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 14th, 2006, 05:53 PM   #3
Trustee
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Brookline, MA
Posts: 1,447
If you obtained it on a CD, the copyright belongs to the recording company.
Emre Safak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 14th, 2006, 07:36 PM   #4
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Stockton, UT
Posts: 5,648
Quote:
Originally Posted by Emre Safak
If you obtained it on a CD, the copyright belongs to the recording company.

Regardless of where you got it, the copyright belongs to either the performers or to the producer, or publisher, or all three.
Public Domain works are only royalty free if you perform them yourself. If you can't, then you get a song that is a PD song, but the performer holds royalty.
__________________
Douglas Spotted Eagle/Spot
Author, producer, composer
Certified Sony Vegas Trainer
http://www.vasst.com
Douglas Spotted Eagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 15th, 2006, 06:56 AM   #5
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 5,742
Take a look at the Magnatune website ... www.magnatune.com. They have library of well performed music that can be licensed for very reasonable rates. I noticed a fair amount of Mozart in their classical section - I didn't see the 40th listed explicity but there were a couple of his orchestral work compilations that I didn't look through. You can listen to their entire library free online.
__________________
Good news, Cousins! This week's chocolate ration is 15 grams!
Steve House is offline   Reply With Quote
Old January 15th, 2006, 07:12 AM   #6
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: London
Posts: 90
magnatune

Hi Steve

Thanks Steve, I've been listening to magnatune on computer radio for some time, but did not link them up with film music production and licensing.

Absolutely brilliant...

Rodney Compton

UK
Rodney Compton is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > All Things Audio

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:04 AM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network