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leagle issues with using music in games

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If i am makeing a game just for fun and learning purposes which will never be anything but freeware, Can I leagaly put copyrighted music into the game without any sort of permission from the owner of the music?

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Magnatunes is an online music "store" that lets you listen to all their songs, and buy or license them for your use.

They've a number of different licensing options, but for non-commercial use they allow you to download them for free.

Unfortunately, I havn't seen any mainstream music there, but there's some good stuff.

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Short answer: AFAIK, it's not legal.


Longer answer:

Look at this thread.

I've used one little image. I changed it a bit. See what happened? :-)
And it didn't matter to them that my game was freeware too.


Now imagine, that you've taken somebody's music. That person was working hard on it for... lets say that 2 months. Now he sees that you are using it in your game WITHOUT his permission. He will be angry. He may sue you.


Now, after that incident with Blizzard logo, I will always stay away from borrowing others work. I suggest that you should do it also.


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