I'm in the process of putting together a video presentation for work, something that we intend to use as a "look at us this is what we do" program. When I was practising with Vegas I had a go at putting some scenes to music as a practice, and used a song from a album I own from a normal paid artist with all the normal copyright restrictions attached to it.
However I'd really like to use the piece of music in my presentation.
Is it worth approaching the appropriate record company to see if I can get permission to use it?
Has anyone had any experience of trying to do this with popular chart music?
Do the companies simply say no, do they ask for some form of royalty even if the music is strictly being used in a non-profit, training video way, or are they quite laid back about people using their copyrighted stuff if its not used for something that will be sold? I'm doubtful about the last one!
Is it worth the hassle, or should I just try and find some royalty free tracks off the internet or free with a magazine. I've heard some ok ones but not any which come close to the track I used to practise with. But if trying to get permission is really something difficult, it might be the only option.