Currently Being ModeratedMar 7, 2012 3:37 PM (in response to Ed1941)
Sorry, we can't comment regarding circumventing DRM or copyright on the Apple Forum.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 7, 2012 4:22 PM (in response to Ed1941)
>if I pay for specific song upgrades from my library will I be able to use in FCE?
When you pay for a song in iTunes, or purchase it from any other source, you're only paying for the right to listen to the song.
If you want to use the song in a video, film or as part of another recording, you'll need to negotiate a Synchronization Rights License: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synchronization_rights
If you want to reproduce and/or distribute the video you made that includes the song, you'll need to a negotiate Mechanical Rights License: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mechanical_rights
If you want to show your video which contains the song, you'll also need a Performance Rights License: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Performance_rights
All of the licensing requirements are due to U.S. and International copyright laws, which protect the intellectual and creative property of artists/creators. Copyright law does not differentiate between non-licensed uses for personal pleasure/viewing and those for commercial gain.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 7, 2012 7:18 PM (in response to David Harbsmeier)
I understand...I'm not trying to circumvent any copyright issues. Perhaps my question should have been about ITunes Plus. I read that with ITunes Plus there are no DRM issues. If that's so why can't I use use "Baby Elephant Walk" on a home movie of my daughter walking for the first time. I don't mind paying more for the right...it's the question of what am I getting if I do pay more?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2012 1:07 AM (in response to Ed1941)
I think Apple allows you to use iTunes music in iMovie.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2012 9:35 AM (in response to Ed1941)
There are two apects of this matter to keep in mind -
1 - DRM. It is against the terms of the Apple iTunes Store Terms & Conditions for you to circumvent the DRM or use DRM-protected songs in a manner that is not permitted. (You accepted the Agreement when you opened your iTunes Store account.) What you said you want to do (use in a video of your own making) is not a permitted use.
2 - Usage. Regardless of whether songs are DRM protected or are iTunes Plus songs, you are not licensed to use (reuse) them in the manner you asked about. You are allowed to "copy, store, and burn iTunes Plus Products as reasonably necessary for personal, noncommercial use" but you are not permitted to modify or use (reuse) them in another work (aka a derivative work) such as a video. This is a matter of copyright & ownership of the songs themselves.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2012 9:35 AM (in response to Richard Soul)
While iMovie has the capability to import iTunes songs (including DRM protected songs), that technical capability does not override the ownership, copyright or permitted uses associated with the songs themselves.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2012 10:45 AM (in response to Ed1941)
I'm sorry to be so dense..it's just that I couldn't seem to piece it all together. Thanks to all of you for helping me understand. I have no interest in illegally copying and using copyrighted music but I want to be sure that I understand correctly. Please tell me that the following statement is true, partially true or completely off base.
ITunes Plus music is not DRM protected. However, because of copyright restrictions the music I have downloaded can only be used for listening...but not for use with video of any kind. It cannot be used in a personal home movie (edited in FCE.) regardless of whether is works in FCE, iMove or not.
Do I have it?