Hi, I made a slide show of a guitar build to give to the customer along with the guitar, which I did. Now I would like to show the slide show on here but it has a song playing along in the back ground. Its an old Hank Williams track, does anybody know if I can share this video/slide show, or would I upset somebody? I don't know how or if I can remove the soundtrack.

Cheers Taff 

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Unfortunately no. But you could mute the original video sound and put something like your own playing. 

Removing and replacing depends on the video editing software you have. Best be is hit Youtube. Type in what you want to do with the name of your software. 

There's a million videos on YouTube that has "somebody's" music for a soundtrack! To cya, I have seen credits at the end.

I looked this up and here is a partial answer.  It appeared that if you dug deep enough that you could find out if a particular song's copyright is now cleared.

When does music become public domain? Music falls under the same copyright as text, but sound recordings are governed by a different set of rules, so you should know which set of laws control the content you’re seeking.

Music itself is protected by standard copyright law.

Music and lyrics are protected by the same copyright law that protects books and other fixed works. While the specifics vary in some cases, general guidelines for copyright law are:

Works created before 1923 are public domain.

Works created between 1923 and 1964 are protected for 28 years. Copyright holders can renew copyrights for an additional 67 years, but, if they don’t renew, copyright protection lasts for only 28 years.

Works created between 1964 and 1977 are copyright protected for 28 years, but the 67-year renewal is automatic, for a total of 95 years of copyright protection. The earliest works under this category are in the public domain starting in 2059.

Works created after January 1, 1978, are protected for the life of the creator plus 70 years.

Sound recordings fall under a different set of rules.

Hi Guy's, thanks Blue Rat, I see if I can get my head around your suggestion.

Uncle John, thanks for putting in all that effort, I did a little search but did not get anyware.


And because you are in Australia  not in the US. The advice by Uncle John is only slightly wrong.

In Australia, by treaty we recognise the copyright as it applies in other countries according to where the creation was. 

In Youtube they try to recognise local law.

In Australia, in line with the Bern convention and English Common Law we had a till death plus 50 rule up to 2004 when we changed to the plus 70 rule. Complicating this is that our free trade agreement with the US recognises US Copyright so everything Uncle John wrote applies for American works. The most odd consequence being that the copyright for "Waltzing Matilda" was registered in the US by some charlatan in the 1950s even though it was a well known Australian poem with a tune applied (and simplified) from a book of "Scottish Airs". The Scottish copyright currently follows the UK legislation but may have been different because they have their own legal system separate from but linked to the current English system. The most common used versions of Waltzing Matilda seem to be based on the 1934 Billy Tea advertisement, which is the one coppied by the 1950s American charlatan.

  • It is enough to make any red blooded Aussie quake in the sheepskin boots he is no longer allowed to call UGG boots because some damned Yankee registered it as a trade mark in the US.

Yep, got it Tich. I found it's a complicated exercise to even find out who the copyright owners are.

One  account mentioned that even if he as the performer/writer was to give permission others like record companies or whoever, could stand in the way. Bottom line is don't do it. 

I had two versions of the video one with soundtrack and one without, guess which one I lost.

Thank for your help  Tich.


should be easy to do Taff.  Kden Live is a free multiplatform video editor.

here is a tut on how to remove audio. in this he is swaping out audio for music but all you want is to remove the audio?


Great Tim, I'll look into it, thanks.


Hi Tim, had a look at the video a lot to get my head around. Looked at the download for the Kden and it looks too involved for me. When  I see do this - do that - but don't do this.....and if this happens, I sorta shy away cos'  I don't know what I'm doing. Thanks anyway.



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