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Hello Everybody! I am not new to VGM composing, but I'm new to remixing VGM, and new to this site too. So MY QUESTION is: Is it legal to make remixes of VGMs without permission? For ex.: How can I legally make say a Zelda VGM remix without Nintendo sueing me for not asking and because I don't have the permission of course? Thank you for your help! NOIZ Ctrl
OK I've already asked the administrators for the site, but I want to get all my bases covered. Any help would be greatly appreciated! --Joshua (aka TNB) Hello, I am just starting out in music. I've released a single on itunes of my own original music. But I have a question. I want to sell covers of video game music. I can get a Mechanical License from loudrfm. However how do I know if I have the legal rights to use Images relating to what I am covering for the artwork for the music? Any help would be greatly appreciated, --Joshua
Greetings everybody, I'm usually not used to be active in forums, so I hope you don't mind if I just pop up occasionly, even though I'm not a newbie in making music and remixes and stuff. : 3 My point is, I love to make music and I love to make remixed from games/music and other stuff as well. But there is always something that keeps bothering me for a while and that is currently the main reason why I'm not very active in making game music anymore. I've done a lot of team fortress 2 remixes - not the usuall bonk songs, but pretty decent stuff, because I knew that valve would never try to harm me for honoring their kind of work and products. It's not their kind of company philosophy and image their presenting. But there are quite a lot a different companies and games out there, where I am pretty much afraid to do honor them by making remixes for their games. I mean, what kind of protection as a private person do i have, if someone shows up and wants to sue me for using any kind of company-product-representative music as a foundation for a good song? I'm pretty sure a lot of you guys already dealt with this kind of stuff and as far as I know, that this side wasn't forced to shut down because of the unquestioned usage of video-game music for remixes - so if I want to make some vg-remix-music, would it be wiser for me just to act in a community or can I upload my stuff on youtube without any worries? I don't use my music to make any kind of money, and I also don't have any current situation, where this came up to me. I am just sick of worring about stuff I have no knowlegde of what might kicks my butt without actually doing something bag. ^^' It was a long time ago since I wrote so much stuff in English. I hope you guys can understand my intentions nontheless. : P Ryu Ookami
Hi everyone, I just noticed that my metal remix of Pendulum's Blood Sugar received a copyright claim, presumably from their label (0:46 - 2:17 min, 5 different claimants, only one I was able to identify as some copyright management company from Berlin). No message from YT about this (meh!) - I noticed it by chance yesterday when I uploaded a new song. I'm quite aware that my "remix" is more like a cover version for 50% of the playtime, so it didn't surprise me too much that this happened. Maybe it has something to do with them announcing their reunion last December. I find it rather needy to claim a cover / remix with barely 150 views, but I guess that's how Youtubes automatic algorithms work and at the end of the day, it is technically illegal to publish a cover without paying royalties. So far, I just naively asssumed that no one cares as long as you don't monetize it. While this in particular doesn't bother me too much, it made me curious if some of you had similar experiences. Do actual, completely altered remixes get claimed as well? Apart from this, my other remixes never had issues. I hear Nintendo are super harsh when it comes to their stuff (at least in terms of video content). Would love to hear some stories.