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I would like to use the ‘I Gotta Read’ song that is going around the internet with my kindergarteners and use it in our spring concert, but I’m not sure about the copyright laws. If you don’t know it…it’s the Black Eyed Peas song “I Gotta Feelin”, and a FL school has changed the words to make it about reading. Does anyone know how the laws work with this?
Please help. Thanks!
you could probably claim “Fair Use” since it’s for educational purposes . . .
I would be very careful with that issue. Fair use is not as flexible as many think it is. I think there is a link about this on NAfME.
I would write to the Black Eyed peas and ask permission. I have done this at times and you might be surprised how many people or organizations will grant you this use if you explain what you are doing and the educational purpose. But, their timeline might not be yours, of course! That’s always the trouble.
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