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FDP Forum / Tin Pan Alley - Songwriting / Copyright conundrum for a Parody...

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Suburban MD.

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Aug 28th, 2012 08:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

My new band is basically doing "all parodies, all the time."
I want to send our demo CD to some podcasts to try to get airplay, but want to copyright it first just to be safe.

If we have not gotten permission from the orignal artists (because it's really expensive!) do we Include or Exclude their names on the "Composers" field of the copyright form??


Crozet, VA

I'm "Branded"-- my stars are ripped away
Aug 29th, 2012 06:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

From wikipedia: "The Supreme Court of the United States stated that parody "is the use of some elements of a prior author's composition to create a new one that, at least in part, comments on that author's works"."

Some parodies are "fair use" and some are not. I would say you can send your cd off to the Library of Congress and just register it for a "sound recording".

Chances are, if you are not "commenting on the author's original work", it is copyright infringement and not a parody.

Weird Al pays royalties on all the songs he parodies. He might not have to, but he does.

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