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    I suppose the developer / publisher of the game had to pay or make a deal with the people that have the copyright of the songs. I want to make a similar game, where I need to use samples of 10 seconds from different songs. Is this something realistical for an indie, low-budget developer like myself? If so, how can I proceed?
     

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    I'm pretty sure you have to do it via the music copyright organizations, like ASCAP, BMI or RIAA,

    This is from a free/ad-supported piano app, Perfect Piano, in the about app info.
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    This app does use copyrighted music.

    Think your best bet would be to contact ASCAP, BMI, etc. and enquire about music licensing for an app or game.
     
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    What about in a podcast or youtube vid? Sometimes I see people use parts of songs in those.
     
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    Well it happens quite often, if a YouTube video is using copyright music without permission, it's quite likely to get taken down or sound is muted. As for podcasts, really the only ones I listen to are BBC, and they've definitely got permission for it.

    For an app on Google Play, it must be absolutely legal as far as copyrights or using other IP. Otherwise might find it taken down, and possibly your developer account banned as well. And we've had quite a few posts about that as well

    Are you intending to have ads in your app or charging for it, that makes it a commercial product.
     

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