Please can you guys who are experienced in this let me know of all the legal ramifications one might face if I do a 10 -15 mins short movie based on a copyright song by a major artiste in the US. I will like to know the issues assuming I am doing the short for profit or for non-profit (free posting on Youtube).
The short is basically an adaptation of an entire song written and performed by a major artist. I will be writting the entire sceenplay myself alone but the whole story is based on the story in the song. I intend to use the names of the characters in song and I also intend to use this particular song as the starting and ending soundtrack.
Please chip in whatever you can regarding this issue. I just need advise on how to go about doing this short without any legal issues from the artist or his recording company.