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Legality/copyright question...

Discussion in 'Studio Lounge' started by millionvalve, Aug 31, 2003.

  1. millionvalve

    millionvalve Guest

    Okay, so I had a girl come in and sing. One take we did was of her favorite song which, while reasonably popular in the late 80's R&B world, has never been a stand-out chart buster.

    I have used bits and pieces of this in a song. My song is one that I wrote 100% and bears *zero* similarity to the other song. I have REXed (ReCycle) pieces of her singing the first song, and it makes most of the vocal track. As a matter of fact, I wrote the bulk of the song before I thought to add the vocals.

    The person who wrote the lyrics could probably notice several lines though they're out of order, and we're talking like maybe 4 sentences out of a pretty wordy original tune.

    So, the recording is mine. The song is mine. The (few) lyric lines are borrowed, rearranged and truncated to make new lyrics. Basically, I have done a highly selective remix of the vocals where all the source recordings are mine.

    Question: Do I have a problem, legally, or is this sort of a fair-use thing becasue it really sounds nothing like the original and I haven't used their recording?

  2. Rod Gervais

    Rod Gervais Active Member

    Jun 8, 2003
    Central Village, CT

    I've been sitting back and watching this not get answered...... and did not want you to feel deliberately ignored......

    I have pondered this - and believe that your best bet would be to contact an attorney who specilizes in this field.

    This is a tickilish subject - and although the people here might be experts in the field of music - they are not generally experts (although some may be) in law.

    And that sir, is the very best advice i can give to you.

    Happy Hunting

  3. millionvalve

    millionvalve Guest


    Sage advice.

    And thanks for keeping me from hanging out in the cold with this toughie!


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