Rights of Copyright Owners

  The U.S. Copyright Law is designed to encourage the development of the arts and sciences by protecting the creative work of the individuals in our society—composers, authors, poets, dramatists,…

Copyright Guidelines for SchoolTube

  Posting Your Musical Performance on SchoolTube: A How-To Copyright Guide This is a working document that is currently under review by copyright and legal experts. These guidelines will help you safely…

Copyright Law: An Introduction

Introduction Current U.S. Copyright Law represents an attempt by Congress to balance the rights of creators and copyright proprietors with the rights of copyright users. That is, Congress wanted both…

Licensing and Other Copyright Questions

Untangling the Licensing Web and Other Copyright Questions You know you need some kind of permission for using other people’s music in your classes. So what do you do next?…

Copyright: The Public Domain Maze

What’s public domain (PD)? Copyrights do expire eventually. A work with an expired copyright or that never had a copyright is in the public domain and free to use. But,…

Copyright: Recording and Selling Student Performances

Teachers and parent groups often want to record student performances. What does copyright law dictate? The 1976 Copyright Act set forth voluntary guidelines to address teaching needs. These voluntary guidelines…

Copyright: Performance Licenses

When do you need a license to perform a musical work? When you DON’T need a license For exemptions related to teaching activities, see Copyright: Performance Exemptions. For information on…

Copyright: Performance Exemptions

When can you perform music without worrying about copyright permission? Here are some teaching-related exemptions from what might otherwise be considered copyright infringement: (1) Face-to-face teaching activities of a nonprofit…