#1
I used to be in a band, and me and another guitarist starting writing a song. He wrote the intro part and the verse part, and I wrote the intro solo and the chorus chord progression. I've long since left the band.

Yesterday he came up to me telling me that I can't use the parts that he wrote. This isn't right, is it?
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#2
Unless he actually has a lawyer, I say just do what you want.
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#3
I believe as long as you give him songwriting credit, and pay the royalties due, there's not much he can do. That's for a recorded version of it. Live, you're entirely in the clear.

However, I feel you should respect his wishes. After all, he did write those parts.
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#4
Tell him he can't use your parts . Anyway if it isn't copyrighted yet, who cares? just look at dave mustaine's riffs on metallica lol
#5
I think you should just do whatever you want to do with it. When you perform it I think you should say that you wrote the song with x person a number of years ago in a different band, especially if he is watching. Point him out and everyone goes oooh. After that he'll let you play the song.
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#6
If he's not had them copyrighted, then you can use them all you want.
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Tell him he can't use your parts . Anyway if it isn't copyrighted yet, who cares? just look at dave mustaine's riffs on metallica lol

This was the first thing in my mind too.
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#8
legally: you can do what you want
ethically: he's right

Edit: Just write a new song! If he wrote something THAT incredible, you should've just stayed in a band with him. If he didn't, why keep it ?
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#9
Of course you could just record it now, then all the copyright would be yours. But that would just be mean
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#10
*sigh*

First of all, something is automatically considered copyrighted in most countries as soon as it is committed to a fixed medium, whether it be a piece of paper or a flash drive or whatever. The trick is proving it and enforcing it.

Second, from your description, it sounds like neither of you have screw all to copyright. A copyright refers, typically, to the lyrics and melody only. You cannot copyright chord progressions or riffs and such, as a general rule.

Live performance, even if he did have something to copyright and actually went through the process to copyright it, there is screw all he can say or do. Performance royalties are collected from venues in return for allowing venues to host performances of copyrighted material.

Recording, (if he actually has something that could be copyrighted), he can disallow you to use it. As the creator and owner, that is his perogative.

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this. don't be a dick, man. if he wrote it and doesn't want you using it, just honor his wishes.
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#16
Is he called dave mustaine by any chance?
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#18
You're in the clear to play it live but i'd drop it out of respect for this guy. If there's nothing he can do and he doesn't want you to use them then it's not fair on him if you do use it even if you do credit him.
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