Folks, I heard so much about this in the past few months. In short, using copyright songs for Photo Montages or Video Highlights IS an offense. There is no way to go about it.
The action body is RIAS, not COMPASS. Pls do not think of using the songs secretly and hiding the videos. I heard they even come to the weddings now to nap people on the spot.
The only way out, is to use royalty free songs. Unfortunately, these songs are usually not as good as the copyright songs ppl love. I wrote in to RIAS to ask if they have a licence option for such applications. The problem it seems, is it involves synchronization rights and broadcast rights, which is administered by different bodies. Anyway, there has been no replies so weeks now.
I am hoping, enough of us here will rally and petition for a reasonable solution from them. Rather than they just going on this blitz. I do not suffer much as I dun do this for a living. The poor full timers are suffering real bad.