Legal to just use a few seconds of a copyrighted song?
January 13, 2008 8:02 AM Subscribe
Is there a certain number of seconds below which it is okay to use copyrighted music without permission?
posted by Idiot Mittens to Law & Government (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am in a sketch group that makes videos for the Internet. Sometimes we tag the endings with a short burst of music and a title card of our website. We also sometimes use short clips of music within the videos themselves. We will soon be "monetizing our content" (showbiz lingo has gotten a lot less fun), and want to make sure any new videos will be kosher for TV/internet sale later on.
I've heard that if you use less than 15/11/5 seconds, it's okay. But this may be a myth. Could anyone help confirm/debunk this (preferably with references)?