View Full Version : Using music in films
8th Nov 2009, 09:51 PM
Anyone else think it's strange that people have to pay to use somone's music in a film, when It's likely for somone to get into that music after hearing it in the film, but they don't see a film because music they like is in it, It's a bit like paying somone to let you advertise their music... kinda
9th Nov 2009, 03:30 AM
It's not that strange, it's no different to venues paying royalties to play songs, or you buying a t-shirt with the name of your favourite band on it.
9th Nov 2009, 03:54 PM
I'm a classical musician, mostly a performer, but I compose music here and there, too. Mostly small pieces for string quartet and a few solo piano things. I'm currently working, off and on, on a full-fledged symphony for full orchestra. *gulp* It'll be done in about 20 years. :lol:
In any case, musicians other than groups that I play in have performed some of my pieces from time to time. If they charge money for their performance, I want my piece of the pie. If I don't get it, then they're profiting from my work, and that's not fair. If they don't charge money for the performance, I'm not bothered too much so long as my name's on the program as the composer; then I see it as, indeed, free advertising. ;) If I just arrange someone else's work for a given group, I don't expect a cut of the concert proceeds because it isn't really my work and arranging is easy compared to actual composing, but I do want my name on the program as the arranger. But if it's all my work and the performing group is getting paid to play it, I want my cut. And if someone wanted to use my work in/as a major movie soundtrack (And oh what a happy day THAT would be! :) ), then you better bet your bippy I'll get paid. Handsomely, too. :lol: That's the way the music system works. Composers/songwriters don't just do it for free. We have to make a living, too. :)
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