Brian Schmidt replied to David Jacques's discussion derivative work copyright question
"There are specifics within the copyright law that allow up to 10 seconds (or some amount of length) before it's infringement, but you'd have to read up on the law and make sure you're not violating the rules.

Actually, that is a (well-circulated)…"
Oct 29, 2013
Brian Schmidt replied to Alexey Arkhipenko's discussion [HOW-TO] Creating sample-based orchestral arrangements
"That's an excellent paper/tutorial, with some great advice.
A minor suggestion would be to add some audio samples, particularly whenever you have a picture of the piano-roll; have a small audio snippet of what is on the screen-- then the reader can…"
Aug 16, 2013
Brian Schmidt replied to David Jacques's discussion derivative work copyright question
"A bit of followup...
Creating a work that is "inspired by" but does not use any elements of a copyrighted work is usually not a considered a derivative work.  So in your case, reading a passage of copyrighted text and then composing a melody…"
Aug 16, 2013
Brian Schmidt replied to David Jacques's discussion derivative work copyright question
"I would guess it's not a violation. As long as you credit the author of any words you use.

This is a common misconception.  Crediting the author does not "help" in any way.  A copyright violation is still a copyright violation.
That said, it sounds…"
Aug 15, 2013
Brian Schmidt replied to Peter Linn's discussion Question about copyright
"Before I shop my music around, am I well advised to officially copyright every piece I have recorded?

To be clear, per US copyright law, your music is automatically copyrighted the moment it is put into tangible form.  (a recording, sheet music,…"
Aug 15, 2013

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