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We are a small group of people with Acquired brain injuries

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We are a small group of people with Acquired brain injuries and have, during the course of a 2hrs per week drama class, written a short play. We are now working towards making it into a short film. During one scene, one of the men is reminiscing about old music stars he remembers, He finishes by mentioning David Bowie and then proceeds to play about 20 - 30 seconds of 'Space Odyessy'.........Are we allowed to include this in the film? If not does changing a few notes/chords make it ok?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
Alex Watts :

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Alex Watts :

Unfortunately, there are no fixed standards as to how much of a song you can use without infringing the song owner's copyright. There is a provision of the copyright law known as fair use that permits limited uses of music for what is loftily called transformative purposes, such as commentary or criticism.

Alex Watts :

Your choices are to ask for permission or use the music without permission.

Alex Watts :

Of course you need to ask, would anyone actually find out?

Alex Watts :

In reality probably not.

Alex Watts :

You can mention David Bowie and indeed the track.

Alex Watts :

But probably the record company wont find out.

Alex Watts :

You would need to change around 20% of it so it was not the same

Alex Watts :

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

Customer:

I'm happy with your answer, thank you

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