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    I am writing a book containing a scene from the Broadway Play/Movie - Oklahoma. My scene is very brief but includes a song from that movie/play.

    If I do so am I required to pay them a part or percentage? The play opened around 1942 and the movie - Oklahoma - that we know was released in 1955. Is there a statute limiting the time of the copyright from then?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Not an attorney but worked in a job that required the release of a lot of copyright. If memory serves me correct you definitely need to contact the publisher for a release. You may be able to get them to do it with no charge or they may ask for a royalty. Just depends on the publisher and what it is...
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    Thanks but I was still not able to get a response as to whether a 1942 copyright was still valid.

    I do appreciate the help.
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    How is it being reproduced, and how much of the song? If its brief, it may fall under fair use.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use

    If your book is a commercial work (and not academic), then you may need permission.
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    The rights for Rodgers & Hammerstein works are held by Williamson Music and its parent the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. R&HO is a pretty big operation and I very much doubt that it has let any copyrights lapse.

    If you need a license for the use you plan to make of a song from Oklahoma!, the R&H licensing page for that show is here. It's set up for the automated purchasing of a license to perform the entire show, but at least the site will give you a point of entry to contact R&H.
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    I suspect you have to pay We produce a keepsake CD for kids in the high school band with all of their performances. We charge for actual cost to product so no profit. In almost all cases we have had to pay a licensing cost to whomever owns the rights to the song. In a couple of instances they do not charge anything for our use.
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    My use is about a tenth from the start of the song from Oklahoma - Surrey With The Fringe On Top.

    A kid in high school, where Oklahoma is being produced as a play, sings about 10% of song is all. In part of it the words are changed by me.
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    How goes your movie deal, Kendrell?
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    i'm pretty sure if you asked the license holder they'll give you an answer.

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