Using an old radio broadcast in a song...
Posted 07 December 2011 - 05:55 AM
I have a new song I've recorded that uses about 25 seconds of the famous "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast from the 30s that incited panic in the streets. Do I need to contact the people who hold the rights to it and pay them or am I safe if it's only a short clip? I'm not expecting to sell very many copies of the song since I'm an unknown. Advice?
Posted 07 December 2011 - 09:42 AM
I don't think I'd use something as iconic and well known as that broadcast, especially if you're thinking of selling some copies, whether it's 3 or 300, I'm sure you'd be in violation of copyright infringement.
Just a thought, why not come up with your own '30s styled radio broadcast, for inciting panic on the public, that could be fun to do.
"We now interrupt this broadcast, and go to our reporter Elaine Lander at the White House for an emergency announcement from the President......"
Posted 07 December 2011 - 12:39 PM
If you sell ANY copies of the song without clearing the rights you are in the wrong. It's not a matter of small scale or large scale sales.
And yeah, why not make it easier and just record your own panicked radio broadcast?
Posted 09 December 2011 - 04:25 PM
Posted 10 December 2011 - 02:03 AM
Growing up I can remember all the stations would broadcast at least 5 or 6 minuets of news, weather, and sports at the top of the hour, now you rarely even hear a weather forecast on the radio.
Yeah back then, radio stations were the CNN of news broadcasting. Could you imagine if CNN today were to broadcast an alien invasion play, with Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper chiming in every few minutes with updated reports.
I think everyone would be freaking.