I don’t think there’s an official Online Challenges Q&A, and I couldn’t find anything on the forums for something along the lines of this. It’s too late for me, since I’m a senior, but since several of the same Online Challenges are done each year, I think a bit of clarification would be nice for future years.
I’ve been looking at several of the Online Challenges, and I’ve noticed a lot of… interesting choices with the music. For example, I’ve seen a Promote Award video that utilized Fall Out Boy’s “The Phoenix”, which probably isn’t public domain, which is a violation of that rule.
However, I’ve noticed that there are quite a few parodies, like for instance an amazing submission recently posted on these forums. The rules for all the video challenges stated songs along the lines of “public domain” or “original”. Would a parody of a song, which could be transformative from the original work and potentially be protected by fair use, be considered fine for the challenge? If not, does that mean that all songs parodying the beat of a copyrighted song would be instantly not considered for an award?