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Dear Everyone,

There was to be a contest, which has been canceled. Instead, I propose that those who wish to compose a piece of music to honor the situation that millions of innocent people from Syria find themselves in right now, as war refugees abroad, please share their compositions openly on this thread.

This thread will remain open for a few months to come, to receive new compositions. So please take your time composing your best music.


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Bob Porter said:


Unless I contact the copyright holder of the image and get their permission and/or pay them, I can't legally use their image.

Just between you, me, and the fence post, legalities haven always stopped me before. Many people aren't aware that just because it's on the internet, doesn't mean it's free.

On the above link, you'll find a google image search:

Syrian refugees public domain

I believe the following is true.  I have done it for years, and had no problem.  But you can ask other people, of course, and get a number of opinions:

You can simply select the images you like, and use them for free in almost all cases.

Look at the image and the image source.  

If there is no copyright of the image, you can almost certainly use it.

And even if it is copyrighted, no one can sue you unless you use it to make money.

And even then, if you have it in  a video presentation, "fair use" provides you can show it for a few seconds easily, without violating any law in the US.  

The only possible danger occurs if you use a very famous photograph by a world renowned photographer, who gets paid lots of money for his or her photos.  Not likely.  Just check and be sure.  

If you want an absolute guarantee, you can use images found in wikimedia commons, which are all in the "public domain"

Thank you, Ondib. I think this information and the links you provided are very useful.

You are welcome.

Mariza Costa-Cabral said:

Thank you, Ondib. I think this information and the links you provided are very useful.


 Thank you Mariza for the idea, I do appreciate it as a Syrian, I am a composer how joined this site recently, I am not sure if the contest ended or about the conditions for it, but this is my orchestral composition suite of two pieces tribute to Syria about the Syrians memories left behind in our destroyed country.

Thanks again and regards.

Asaad Hamzy

Nice piece of music Jon!

I felt that it was capturing just with sound colour all the predicament of these people-images being a bonus of cource.

Thanks for posting.

   Hello. Just read your post. I know it is a bit late. I composed this piece a month ago. It is a mixture of late styles that contain what my interuptation is of two oppositions coming together. There are Syrian and English voices throughout.

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