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Old 02-15-2014, 12:38 AM   #1
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Question Copyright Confusion

I have been combing through the internet, doing random searches, and I came across some sheet music for songs from Pink Floyd, ELO, and those sort of bands. Would it still be breaking copyright law if I decided to make my own versions of those same songs.
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If it still has the same notes, yes. You'd have to make it sound different enough.
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It's a question of fair use (assuming that 1. you live in the US, and 2. that the band in question hasn't released a statement about rights to their works)
You can feel free to make your versions of songs if you think they are "transformative" rather than derivative. For example Weird Al releases parodies of songs which is legal because parody is a form of fair use. Another example is the fact that there are dubstep version to old rock songs everywhere.

Last thing to not is that some bands have explicitly said various things can be done with their works, allowing a greater degree of access to switching it up, for example a different arrangement. You might be able to check for that.
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Well I'd like to say Thank You to all of you for answering my question. I really appreciate your how you guys take out some time to answer some of my questions. THANK YOU!
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Hi All, I'm making my own version of Toccata which will be totally different from Sky.
I'm also going to start my own band, it's called, "Morrow". In this band are...

Perry Steven
Clancy Vierusia

And of course, me.

This band will be progressive rock. We will be playing with real instrument. Perry will be playing the piano. Clancy will be playing the violin, and I will be playing the guitar. Of course there will be more instruments such as synthesizers and drums, but for starters, we will work our way up.

Our first song will be called: The Search

Our song writer for this one song: Clancy Vierusia

Once it's released I'll have it under a custom license, (Only for Hamumu Member's To Use)

Well, wish me luck. I hope this band will be as deep and meaningful as I imagine. Pics will be coming soon.
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