are midi files "illegal"

Discussion in 'General Sequencing' started by laserwolf, Jul 15, 2003.

  1. songer

    songer New Member

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    well, midis are data files, and i dont think it should be copyrighted or anything... anybody who knows how to sequence can make a midi... mp3's are different, because it came from a copyrighted cd/track... but midi's dont come from any copyrighted material... i dont know... now im confused! hahahaha! :p
  2. Desertfish

    Desertfish New Member

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    Midi's should never be illegal... There is NO WAY the artist are making any loss out of them. It would be really pathetic to claim that people who got the midi file of a song suddenly didn't want to buy the CD anymore.:assskake:
  3. MeefoJoe

    MeefoJoe New Member

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  4. vaughn

    vaughn New Member

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    all midi are illgel if im not wrong
  5. Lee1985

    Lee1985 New Member

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    midi files of already existing songs are indeed illegal, this is because it is a recreation of the writers work and could be remixed and released without the original writer seeing a penny of any profits made on the track.
    if you wrote a song and it didnt do to well in sales or airplay, and someone made a midi of it and distibuted it, then someone from that midi remixed your track and it did well in sales and airplay and you didnt even know about it and didnt see any money for it, you would be gutted, i know i would be
  6. max_warp

    max_warp New Member

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    Was also looking for info over the subject, nice ! Thanks.:thumbsup:
  7. seeper

    seeper New Member

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    Pretty sure it's not illegal, because you sequence it yourself..
  8. fuzzbox_51

    fuzzbox_51 New Member

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    is it illigel to perform with them live???
  9. dennis127

    dennis127 Banned By Dave

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    Well, Midi files are not illegal.
    But if you buy Midifiles for example on CD
    you are most often not alowed to copy them.
  10. dennis127

    dennis127 Banned By Dave

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    its not illegal to perform live with Midifiles as long
    as you GET them legal.
  11. youngre

    youngre New Member

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    Covers are only legal if the person gets permission to cover the song from the composer.
  12. phrenetic

    phrenetic New Member

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    Yeah, as long as you dont sell it i dont see how it can be illegal because it is changed by 10% easily...
  13. kornholio

    kornholio New Member

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    The whole copyright issue in general is just confuisng!
  14. ThunderBolt

    ThunderBolt New Member

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    I think midi is legal...
  15. saxsinger

    saxsinger New Member

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    From what I remember in 'music law class' in college (taught by a copyright lawyer/musician), when you write a song, it's yours and copyrighted and you can pay to have it registered with the Lib. of Congress as a 'legal copyright' ... if someone does an 'arrangement' of your song, they have to pay for a 'license' to arrange that song; however, their 'arrangement' is an original work as it is an original and a different interpretation of the original song and copyrightable in itself-- midi files, as I understand it, are considered 'electronic representation of an arrangement' and can be copyrighted as an original interpretation of the song, as long as it's not more than 40 percent of another person's midi file or 'arrangement' ...

    of course, as with all legal subjects, there is much more about it; i.e., mechanical licenses, sound recordings, on paper vs. electronic representation of arrangements, etc.

    hope this helps a little

    :)
  16. Strider

    Strider Guest

    that would have to suck getting sued for a midi
  17. ZelRiptha

    ZelRiptha Thnow White but I drifted Staff Member Super Mod

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    Excellent answer, Saxsinger! I knew almost none of that. :)

    As "arrangers" of original works ourselves, it's nice to have that to keep in mind...
  18. PUTz

    PUTz Guest

    Im guessing that if you dont make a ton of money with them then noone is going to come after you.
  19. jamesdson

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  20. sjj8171984

    sjj8171984 New Member

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    gee. i don't know. i would think they aren't illegal

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