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I'm a beginning developer and I'd like to make music for my game. I've searched this question on the site, and when it comes to music in games, I see many people suggesting programs like FL Studio, Reaper, GarageBand, etc.

What are the legal implications of using music made with them in a commercial game? Is it okay to use music I've created on my computer with one of these programs (I was thinking of FL Studio) in a game I plan to profit from?

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closed as off-topic by Anko, congusbongus, Kromster, Josh Petrie Oct 21 '14 at 15:49

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There are usually forums dedicated to more popular packages like the ones you described - so you could also ask there: they would definitely be able to give you a more authoritative answer than we can. – Jonathan Dickinson Mar 16 '12 at 10:40
What would be the point for that program to exist if you couldn't use the files it generates? – o0'. Mar 16 '12 at 11:19
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about the licensing terms of specific software, best answered by the software's EULA or its developers. – Anko Oct 20 '14 at 16:38

As far as I know: as long as you pay for the software (not pirate it by, for example, downloading it via bit torrents) you can use it. However, for example, if in GarageBand you use existing audio loops/samples, you may have to check for clearance with the creator or owner of the rights to the samples.

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He could check the license agreement - but I know for a fact that FL Studio, Reaper and Reason are royalty-free. I think basically any package used by any serious producer would be royalty-free (thus including ProLogic too). – Jonathan Dickinson Mar 16 '12 at 10:37
For the software, yes, however i was referring to the samples, sounds and loops that come with them. – Noto Yota multimedialab Mar 16 '12 at 10:40
Indeed. I also know that the samples included with FL Studio are royalty-free, as well as any of the official sample packs that you an purchase on their website. The license is usually easy to find with these things - so you might want to add he could try and find the license for any samples he is using. If they are royalty-free they usually have a big banner or something; because it's a marketing point. – Jonathan Dickinson Mar 16 '12 at 10:42
Here's some information regarding garage-band: – bummzack Mar 16 '12 at 12:16

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