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How much of a song can you use with out getting sued for using the song? (If you are working on an Indie film) Is it wrong to use well known songs in your movie? B/c there's this one song that would go perfectly into my indie film but i want to know, am I going to get into trouble for using it?

( BTW i got a kitten and his name is INDIE! )
yep, you'll get in trouble for using it without permission no matter how much of it you use.

No film festival will accept your movie either if there is music in it you have not secured the rights for.
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Starving Dog:
yep, you'll get in trouble for using it without permission no matter how much of it you use.

No film festival will accept your movie either if there is music in it you have not secured the rights for.

Yep listen to the Dog.
In fact its become such a problem with shorts/Indies films that the trigger street website will now ban anyone who submits a film with any amount of music in it thats not owned by the film maker or they have a document saying they can use the music.
You can use any music as long as its for personal viewing only.
So be careful.
if i got a letter of approval from the Authors of the songs then i can use it! it's a lot simpler then i thought it would be. It's only a friends band that i need the rights to use 10 seconds of the song.
Well, what if i wrote a letter to the Record Studio asking them if i can use the well known song? Would i be better off then writting a letter to the actually artist?
i believe in most cases, the record label owns the rights to the song. normally, you don't just need a letter saying you can use the song, you generally have to pay to use songs. i seem to remember a friend mentioning that its twenty grand or so to use a rolling stones or led zepplin song. even if you have the rights, the artists and record labels must receive the proper credit in the film as well. with lower profile bands, its pretty easy to draw up a simple contract to secure rights. tangent: classical music is the easiest to get the rights for because its public domain. should you have a couple musical friends, you can just buy the sheet music and then have them play it.

should you be friends with a symphony orchestra, then you're lucky and should abuse that relationship for all its worth.