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The Complete Guide to Film and Digital Production, 3rd Edition by Lorene M. Wales

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Music

The use of music in a project is an important issue because it usually involves questions of copyright and ownership. You may use music for your project that is prerecorded, which means someone owns the music and the copyright. Or, you may hire someone to compose original music for you. In this case, the music is a “work for hire,” which means that the producer or production company may own all the rights. Whatever kind of music you plan to use in your project, it is always wise to obtain the services of a lawyer or music clearance company. They will know the intricacies of copyright law and the procedure for licensing.

Three kinds of music appear in a project. First, there is source music. This is music that comes from a specific source ...

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