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Feb
27
answered How to write a character who uses a lot of smalltalk without boring the reader?
Feb
26
comment How does one determine how much of a song you can use without paying?
OTOH you, as the screenwriter don't really need to purchase or obtain any permissions - you just need to disclose the use of copyrighted piece to the agents of the studio which buys your screenplay. It's them who then handle the licensing agreements with the copyright holder, and they pay for license to use the part of the song in the movie.
Feb
26
comment How does one determine how much of a song you can use without paying?
@TomAu: These particular four notes come from a part of the song which is instrumental, the intro - not an arrangement, just first four notes of the song. And even if you find some loophole for the sung lyrics, there's surely none for the background music.
Feb
26
comment How does one determine how much of a song you can use without paying?
I'm afraid it's not correct; a ~2s piece 4-note riff from "Stairway to Heaven" didn't make it into "Wayne's World" due to copyright dispute (other than US theatrical release). So - Four notes seems to be accurate as the limit.
Feb
26
comment How does one determine how much of a song you can use without paying?
Not entirely; there's the matter of Licensed use as well - where you either pay, or - for shorter pieces - obtain a free permission to use them. Fair Use is not limited in size, but in application - educational, news reporting, parody etc.
Feb
26
comment How does one determine how much of a song you can use without paying?
Under "fair use" rules you can use the whole song. But RIAA lawyers claim four notes is enough to constitute plagiarism in the eyes of law, so I guess 'copyright violation' is a short way beyond that.
Feb
26
revised How ordinary must my protagonist be if the book is written from his/her point of view?
added 2 characters in body
Feb
26
reviewed No Action Needed Writing a short documentary about a medical clinic
Feb
26
reviewed Looks OK How to write polite deadline email?
Feb
26
answered Am I making the writing too complex?
Feb
26
reviewed Reviewed Am I making the writing too complex?
Feb
26
reviewed No Action Needed What is the number above rrd-h on copywrite page
Feb
26
reviewed Reviewed Skipping the action scene
Feb
26
reviewed Close Is the word “becoming” being used correctly in the following metaphor?
Feb
26
reviewed Leave Open How do I choose the most appropriate font for a professional document?
Feb
26
comment How do I choose the most appropriate font for a professional document?
I'm voting to leave this question open - despite being bas but the wrong premise, it got the right answers: not which font to use, but how to approach choosing the right font.
Feb
26
reviewed Leave Open Books on writing successful non-fiction
Feb
26
reviewed Leave Open What “kind” of writing is The Fixation of Belief essay by Charles Sanders Pierce?
Feb
26
reviewed Leave Open At what point in editing / revising does one poem become another poem?
Feb
26
reviewed Leave Open Any advice on how to learn DITA for technical writing?