So, we are beginning to create a Karaoke app. And we have few queries in the copyrights aspect. We would like to have these cleared before we get any further with our app's development.
The decided functionality of the app is, user shall upload a song track from their iPhone and upload it in our app. Our app sends that to our backend which process the song track and return its karaoke version with suppressed vocals.
The doubt here is, will Apple reject this? Since we will never be sure whether the user uploaded a song for which he has a legal copyright.
- Is it ok to let users upload the songs irrelevant of copyright? (Consider Dubsmash app, I believe not all the users are uploading copyright protected audio clips)
- Say, we would like to include few songs in our app by default (like in Smule app). Do we need to buy copyright/licenses for those songs and then upload or is there a work around?
- And what if the app is targeting a specific country alone (India)? Does it still need to satisfy U.S copyright law?
Any help is much appreciated. And I am not sure whether this is the right place to ask this question, if not it will be great if could point me a place to ask these questions.