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Old September 25th, 2015, 06:26 PM   #1
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Loop Based Music Licensing

Hello -

Does anybody know about the licensing issues, if any, when creating a musical composition using loop based software (i.e., Sony Acid Pro, GarageBand, etc...)???

Basically what I'm trying to find out is ... if I create a musical composition using such software, do I "legally" own the license / rights / etc. to the composition even though I purchased and used multiple loops created by various other artists?

Also, any suggestions (websites, books) for reading up on licensing would be much appreciated too!!!
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Old September 25th, 2015, 11:30 PM   #2
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I believe it's in the terms of use of GarageBand. I've used it for broadcast TV in the US and never had any problems.
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Old September 26th, 2015, 03:28 AM   #3
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Same with me, used Garage Band and Magix Music Maker many times for commercial work and upload to YouTube etc with never a problem.

It may be different now, but in my recording studio days some years ago, you could sample and use virtually anything providing the sample didn't exceed 10 seconds.

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Old September 26th, 2015, 05:51 AM   #4
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Oddly, the system employed by PPL now has samples itemised as non-featured performances, and they have a first generation sample, then a second generation (as in a sampled sample) and even third generation. Their members can do a search of themselves to find if anyone has incorporated any of their work, in a later sampled one. This assumes users fill in the studio data on recordings. Members usually do, non-members don't. However, this does suggest that if the owner finds out you used it, they can make a claim - and I guess if the recording then turns out to be an illegal one, they could take action.

If the legit users have to pay, then non-legit ones will have to too.

Interesting.
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Old September 26th, 2015, 10:56 AM   #5
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Oddly, the system employed by PPL ...
Apologize for my stupidity here ... but what is PPL?
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Old September 26th, 2015, 05:30 PM   #6
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PPL is who you license music from in the UK. Like ASCAP/BMI here in the states.
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Old September 27th, 2015, 10:16 AM   #7
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PPL is who you license music from in the UK. Like ASCAP/BMI here in the states.
Ahhh ... got it; thanks!!!
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Old September 27th, 2015, 10:34 AM   #8
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We have two - PPL and PRS, PPL for the recordings and PRS for the composer's rights!
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Old September 27th, 2015, 12:24 PM   #9
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We have two - PPL and PRS, PPL for the recordings and PRS for the composer's rights!
So (if I was a U.K. resident) would I need to register with both organizations if I Composed and Recorded my compositions?
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