I'm part of a youth program who is currently educating students in the art of making movies and types of animation. I wanted to ask if someone can give me the full detail of the position of music being used in movies that we create that is owned or copyrighted by someone else. Do we need to ask permission from the source itself before we can use it in our movie or is it ok as long we give reference to where the music came from in or ending credits. We are a non profit organization in San Jose and a source told me as long as we don't earn money from the movies we make than its ok. Is that right or not. I would appreciate any help in this area of using copyrighted music in independant movie making.