Today I received an email from Virgin Classics EMI granting me permission to use about 44 seconds of a recording they had made of Brahms’ 1st Symphony as performed by the Houston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach. This was the culmination of a series of email exchanges with Virgin that began in April. This was the final piece of the long learning curve in the production of a video book trailer which involved photo manipulations, animations and writing in a promotional and scripted fashion.
Getting this permission was worth the extra effort, because it removes any legal roadblocks from the use of previously copyrighted material. The negotiations were straightforward and went smoothly much to my relief. The finished video now has the Virgin EMI recording in the credits with the proud statement, “Used with permission.”
The trailer can now be seen on YouTube http://youtu.be/GE78TOSt5vQ