Things to Know Before You Remix Music

Remixing other artists’ music in today’s world with so much technology may seem an easy thing to do. The reality is, however, that remixing is an art and it requires talent. Nevertheless, people from all different ages and places try it because it could be very lucrative and it may be done relatively fast since the music is already written.

Amidst the enthusiasm and the excitement many people start remixing without taking precautions or thinking of all possible implications remixing presents. Consequently, unfortunately, many find themselves in legal struggles. There are basic things a person always has to have in mind before remixing music owned and copyrighted by other artists and music companies.

First, remixes are derived from those other artists’ songs. It ensues that permission from the copyright holder must be obtained. It is important to know that at least there are two copyrights, one for the song itself and another one for the master sound. Second, if the permission is obtained, proof must be kept in one’s possession. Such proof should be in writing, an email containing the permission from the copyright holder will satisfy. Third, this permission does not include the right to play your remix at a club. To play it at a club one must obtain a performance permit – which is actually obtained by the club itself.

Lastly, there are circumstances where no permission is needed at all. However, it is limited only for those who use the remix for criticism, comments, news reporting, and or educational purposes. In case the remix is motivated by profits, then permission from the copyright holder is required by law. 

If you need to discuss the legality of remixing music in Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe, Collier or Lee County Florida, schedule a consultation with the experienced attorneys at EPGDLaw today, located in beautiful Coral Gables. Call us at (786) 837-6787 or e-mail us to schedule a consultation.