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When

  • I make an presentation in the Apple's Keynote with transitions an like, and
  • export it to an video,
  • can I publish the video as commercial - as my own work?

I'm added the soundtrack later - it is royalty free (public domain - classical music).

Any difference when

  • using apple supplied THEME?
  • or when the presentation contains only my own theme?
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This is really going to come down to what the terms of the EULA is. It should outline what rights you have to use the Apple provided contents. Most likely you would be fine as included assets are typically intended for reproduction. It might be trickier if you were going to sell copies, but a commercial is probably ok.

As far as using it as commercial work, I'd be careful about what you use it for. The quality level is still probably going to be sub-professional for most purposes. Programs like Keynote and PowerPoint are really more designed for making basic presentations easy for the average consumer rather than trying to actually make a good commercial production.

It is also worth mentioning that while the classical music itself may be in the public domain, the particular recording may not be. Rights are a complex thing and while classical music in the public domain is free for anyone to play, copyrights can still exist on particular recordings that have been done recently. Unless you specifically purchased it as royalty free from a reputable dealer, then you may want to double check that as well.

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I don't think he meant advertisement when he said commercial :) –  Friend Of George May 15 '13 at 13:53
    
@FriendOfGeorge - oh yeah, rereading the phrasing "as commercial" just means as a commercial output rather than ad. Yeah, I agree now, I think the point about quality still stands though about asking what the purpose is as it is still probably going to be lacking in quality. –  AJ Henderson May 15 '13 at 14:10
    
The question's background is: publishing the video on the Youtube with monetization ON. :) And sry, but my english is only as good as good is google translate. :) –  ferdo May 15 '13 at 16:29
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Typically, there shouldn't be a legal problem using any transitions\effects\clip art that come with any software package. That is what they are there for.

Ultimately, you will need to read the license agreement and possibly contact Apple to find out what your actual rights are.

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