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Hi, Our group of companies is having an open day and asked

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Our group of companies is having an open day and asked for each of the divisons to produce a small promotional video for a once off public viewing. I have done this by shooting with a camcorder.

My question is, I would like to add a well known movie theme as background music for this (XXXXX XXXXX Jurassic Park). Do I have to pay a copyright fee and if so how do I go about this?

Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Entertainment
Expert:  Teacher Editor replied 7 years ago.

If the video you made is for teaching purposes only (not for commercial purposes) and you are only using the theme music for background (and not the whole piece), you may be able to use under the "Fair Use" doctrine of Copyright law.


However, if your video will be used for commercial purposes or to make a profit, then you will need to obtain the permission of the copyright owner. In order to figure out the copyright owner, you will need to contact the movie studio who released the movie as a starting point and they will point you in the right direction. If the use is for profit, they may also charge you for using their work.


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Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Thanks Linda,


This has been of great assistance and has helped me to make an informed decision.


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