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I get music all the time from the web.occasionly itunes. I have to copy to cd then bring it back in as a wav file.
Actually, if the couple doesn't provide you with the copyrighted music track that you want to use, then you can't legally include it in your production - you owe the artist a royalty fee if you use "your" music.
That's why there is music out there labeled as "royalty-free". You purchase the music track or library and then you can legally use it your productions.
You legally obtained the music that you have described for "listening". You did not obtain the rights to use it in a production from which you will earn income.
Thanks for replying to my question, I'm not sure you're quite correct in your comments regarding copyright issues. We always purchase a license from the ECL relating to weddings, which specifically covers the use of copyrighted music used within our films and any hymns that are sung during the service etc. (www.wvrl.co.uk)
A relatively small fee covers you for a specific amount of DVDs you burn, depending on how much you pay. You also get sent a holographic sticker to go on the disc that provides proof of the license you obtained.
This all aside, do you have any suggestions how I get round my problem of PP not allowing me to import a song I legally downloaded?
Maybe convert to wav then import.
MP3 / AC3: try: http://www.mp3-wav-studio.com/
WMA - did you try importing into Soundbooth or Audition,
then mix down to WAV?
For Audio (CD) use Nero to rip / encode to WAV.
Ensure that the couple sign an agreement that they own the
music the supply you with - be it a backup copy or digital
mp3 download etc. This will protect you as well.
Thanks for the info, Luke. I'm in the US and I'd never heard of an ECL before. When I get some free time, I'll research to see if the US has a similar licensing program available.
>When I get some free time, I'll research to see if the US has a similar licensing program available.
Unfortunately, the U.S. does not. The U.K. and Australia are in a different league with their simple and affordable licensing laws.
The piece of music in question has DRM (Digital Rights Management) encoding. You might have to contact the © holder for an unprotected copy of the file, if the above conversion methods do not work. There are also DRM circumventing software programs out there, but I will refrain from making any specific recs. Usually, DRM will pop up a screen to allow one to acquire a license. Have you played the WMA in, say Windows Media Player? Premiere might just say "no," while a player might get you a license acquisition screen.
Thanks for the tip on the ECL. Though it doesn't help me in the US, it is interesting and was a new concept to me, as well.
Interesting stuff - good luck,
Going slightly off-topic here, but... I noticed that SmartSound has added a couple of discs with "wedding" music. I think they are in their Strata line (nifty in SonicFire Pro 4.x). There was a sale going on also. I do not do wedding production, so I did not pick up these discs (2 IIRC). Might want to stop by their site and have a look around. If you need it, I think I might still have the e-mail with the link to their sale and I can provide it off-line, should their regular link www.smartsound.com, not show the sale prices. Let me know at infoAThuntphoto.com. I seem to recall that you have both QuickTracks for Premiere and SonicFire Pro. Also, they were offering SF-P free, if one bought X discs (on sale) with free upgrade to SF-P 5, when it is released. I picked up a second license for SF-P 4.5 for my laptop, that way.
I do have Quicktracks, but not SonicFire. The music samples I've checked out just weren't worth the investment for the projects I'm doing. If I ever get around to finishing that screenplay, though...
Wish you the best with the screenplay. Just got new "sale" material from SmartSound and it seems that the "wedding" stuff is back to regular price. It ran in about 3 waves (different discs/wave) for about 2 mos.. Only sale was on one BackStage disc, but did notice that one Strata ("Urban Hustle") is on sale and also includes SF Pro free. Probably not the music that you'd be using, but SF Pro IS free.
If I see their music go on sale, I'll PING ya'