I'm in the process of re-working my demo reel and have selected a commercial track (albeit somewhat unknown) as the bed music. What are the legalities of using such music for one's own "promotional purposes".
For instance, another web forum I frequent won't allow you to post anything that *may* contain copyrighted material and so any demo with such copywritten music would be pulled.
How does one go about finding out publisher info to secure rights for a selection? Is it worth it? Am I being paranoid?
I've noticed a number of demos posted here are using commercial music and one poster mentioned something about it not really being an issue with regard to legalities.
I never use commercial music even though sounds prefect depends on the track due to legal ristrictions. Instead I use librray/production music then can just pay for the music usage which is cheap for a web demoreel etc. There are loads of companies with hundreds of albums to choose from. You based in UK or USA? As in Uk the produciton music companies list is available from mcps. I tend to use http://www.extrememusic.com as high quality music in any genree including Hollywood series composed by fiolm composers who do all the big movies plus other catalogues with different genres but thjey more or less have all the music I would ever need.
I'm in the US and I've considered using production music but either most of what I have or what I've heard lacks the "punch" I'm looking for in this piece. I'll look into the suggestions you made, though.
I'll be glad to pay the publisher for the web rights to this song if anyone can give me links to finding out publisher information. I know the Artist and Album info (it's a soundtrack), but I can't find the publisher info??? Usually, aren't they plastered all over the place?
Kenton, the type of license you need is called a "synchronization license". The Harry Fox Agency use to handle this type thing and it was very easy to get - not cheap but easy. HFA stopped handling this a few years back. Here is a link that may get you started.