So I was just wondering, is there any copyright issues for utaite? Like do they have to actually ask permission from the original producer, and do they have to pay?
To my understanding if the producer provides an off-vocal and lyric sheet than usually the utaite does not need to ask for permission. It mostly depends on the individual producer's terms.
Anime covers is trickier... I'm not too sure. If it's a remix where the instrumental was completely remade or an actual instrumental was released I think it's fine... IDK on that one.
22.214.171.124 wrote: If...an actual instrumental was released I think it's fine
It's only fine if the official released instrumental was released publicly for free. If it's part of a CD or something, then yeah, some people can cover it and get away with it because the anime company doesn't care, but usually it will result in a copyright strike and audio takedown.
Usaria wrote: I see...How about the original videos? Does it applies too?
What do you mean original videos? Like Nico Nico Indies? No matter what the genre is, if the instrumental is released publicly and the instrumental maker doesn't prohibit use of the instrumental, then it is probably fine to use.
I mean like the original PVs, for example Giga-P posted Gigantic O.T.N, Plus Boy, Hibikase etc. Can we use it without asking for permisson?
Depends on how you want to use it. For utattemita, parodies, mashups, choruses,, etc, it's fine. If you just want to reprint it, or use it in a different kind of video (like a homage to len idk) then it depends on the producer, I guess.
I'm also thinking of covering ikanaide(Don't go) what copyright problems might I face?
and how could I avoid them?
For me I would say that unless the producer has said it can be used (or it is OFFICIALLY uploaded on piapro or by the utaite themselves on other websites which usually they will notify on twitter) ask before using it and WAIT FOR THEM TO GIVE PERMISSION because if they say no but you already uploaded it you may run into trouble.
If it is a reprint of an utaite's cover that is illegal as many of them have said before not to reupload their covers onto youtube/bilibili/naver/other video sites. If fans want to support the utaite it should be to their own upload instead of illegal uploaders. If you translated a song and you want to put it with the video so people in your language can understand while watching, (I'm not entirely sure how to do this myself) but you should send them to the producer and ask for them to add it to captions of their video (as it gives credit to you too).
All in all I think it is best to ask first, if it's an upload on piapro you can just tell the producer with a simple お借りました (okarimashita) which means "borrowed [it]"
What do you think?