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Andrew Clark September 25th, 2015 06:26 PM

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!!!

Mike Watson September 25th, 2015 11:30 PM

Re: Loop Based Music Licensing
 
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.

Roger Gunkel September 26th, 2015 03:28 AM

Re: Loop Based Music Licensing
 
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.

Roger

Paul R Johnson September 26th, 2015 05:51 AM

Re: Loop Based Music Licensing
 
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.

Andrew Clark September 26th, 2015 10:56 AM

Re: Loop Based Music Licensing
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul R Johnson (Post 1899197)
Oddly, the system employed by PPL ...

Apologize for my stupidity here ... but what is PPL?

Mike Watson September 26th, 2015 05:30 PM

Re: Loop Based Music Licensing
 
PPL is who you license music from in the UK. Like ASCAP/BMI here in the states.

Andrew Clark September 27th, 2015 10:16 AM

Re: Loop Based Music Licensing
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike Watson (Post 1899227)
PPL is who you license music from in the UK. Like ASCAP/BMI here in the states.

Ahhh ... got it; thanks!!!

Paul R Johnson September 27th, 2015 10:34 AM

Re: Loop Based Music Licensing
 
We have two - PPL and PRS, PPL for the recordings and PRS for the composer's rights!

Andrew Clark September 27th, 2015 12:24 PM

Re: Loop Based Music Licensing
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul R Johnson (Post 1899261)
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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