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Music Copyright Issues...

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I am worried that sending out a document to an amature band to get their permission to use one of their songs would be not quite legal. To get a professional song programmed into my game, I only have to pay a one time service fee of $200 (if that web site I was shown still exists). Since I am becoming an LLC business and I am communicating with various amature bands, each with their own lawyer, to protect myself as well as them shouldn't I go to a Contracting Lawyer? What I am confused about is why this document has to be a contract. If that WEBSITE I saw before was correct, I didn't have to go around handing off 'Contracts' to professional bands. I just paid the $200 and dnload whatever I need for my game. I would rather have it be nothing more than permission to program their SONG into my game. I am not going to give them proceeds to my game's sales. If anyone knows of the web site URL that allows one to download professional music for your own personal Game Designing use then please reply with it here as well. Thanks

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If anyone knows of the web site URL that allows one to download
professional music for your own personal Game Designing use then
please reply with it here as well.

You said you are becoming an LLC so that implies you are going to be making a commercial game. If you are making a commercial game that is NOT the same as "for your own personal Game Designing use". "Personal use" almost always means "non-commercial use" so if the music on the web site in question is for personal use then you can't use it in a commercial product. You need to ensure you read any licensing or legal text on the web site or included with the music file very carefully before you use it. If you don't understand what the legal text means then you need to talk to a lawyer.

In answer to your original question you should always get writen permission from the band because such permission can only be granted in writing. This could even be just a signed letter - that would in effect be a contract. Getting permission in writing avoids possible problems later.

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