HT2931: Using royalty-free loops in GarageBand with commercial workLearn about Using royalty-free loops in GarageBand with commercial work
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 11:08 AM (in response to heightsb)
What dou you base your judgment on? Here's the relevant portion of the Software License Agreement:
M. Garageband Features and Support.
You may use the Apple and third party audio loop content ("Audio Content"), contained in or otherwise included with the Apple Software, on a royalty-free basis, to create your own original soundtracks for your video and audio projects. You may broadcast and/or distribute your own soundtracks that were created using the Audio Content, however, individual samples, sound sets, or audio loops may not be commercially or otherwise distributed on a standalone basis, nor may they be repackaged in whole or in part as audio samples, sound libraries, sound effects or music beds.
That's the passage that is quoted in the support document (which the support document explicitly states:
"The GarageBand software license agreement says" - so it's not just the advice of some support geek.)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 11:32 AM (in response to heightsb)
You may broadcast and/or distribute your own soundtracks that were created using the Audio Content.
[You may not distribute] individual samples, sound sets, or audio loops ... on a standalone basis, nor may they be repackaged in whole or in part as audio samples, sound libraries, sound effects or music beds.
Pretty easy to understand. You can use the provided samples, etc. in your work. You're good to go.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 11:47 AM (in response to Christoph Drösser)
Christoph, that text says that I am allowed to use the loop content in my own creations, and that I am able to distribute and broadcast those creations. It doesn't say whether the creations are allowed to be used for commercial purposes or not ("distributing/broadcasting" does not imply "distributing/broadcasting commercially"). Whereas Section 2.i. of the agreement (http://images.apple.com/legal/sla/docs/GarageBand.pdf ) explicitly says I am only allowed to use GarageBand for non-commercial purposes (loops or no loops). iMovie's agreement has identical language--the permitted uses and restrictions section of the agreement begins by clearly saying "non-commercial use only".
The way I see it, there is no other way to interpret section 2.i. of the agreement. Yes, per the text you quoted, I can make a work out of loops and still distribute it as my work (as long as I don't distribute my work as "loops"). But per section 2.i., I can only use the software non-commercially (meaning I may not sell what I make with it, regardless of what I made).
The question of using the loops has been answered many times on this forum; the answer is good to know. But the real question is "am I able to create anything in iMovie or GarageBand for commercial purposes?". This question has been asked, too. Lots of people answer "sure, I've done it for company X for years", but they don't justify their position in the context of "permitted license uses and restrictions", which clearly states the contrary.
So, can anybody justify, using the software license agreement, the use of GarageBand or iMovie for commercial purposes?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 11:49 AM (in response to Badunit)
Where does it say that I may broadcast/distribute them commercially (plenty of ways to broadcast/distribute non-commercially)? The agreement explicitly states that I may only use the software for non-commercial purposes.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 11:59 AM (in response to heightsb)
(not legal advice)
i interpret that clause differently.
to download, install, use and run for personal, non-commercial use, one (1) copy of the Apple Software directly on each Apple-branded computer running Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server, Mac OS X Lion or Mac OS X Lion Server (“Mac Computer”) that you own or control;
this seems to refer to the application software, not the content. IOW, you are not permitted to run a business in which you sell/rent time on a computer for other people to use GB. the operative word (to me) here is "run", as opposed to "create." you may create commercial content, but you may not run the software for a commercial purpose (as a business)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 12:03 PM (in response to HangTime)
Thank you, HangTime. Your interpretation, along with the fact that Apple's official support article about loop usage ends by saying "you can make commercial music with GB" is sufficient for me.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 12:05 PM (in response to heightsb)
you're welcome, good luck
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