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Copyright & IP @ Whitman: Music & Sound

FAIR USE

Educational Uses of Music - University of Washington

Example of Fair Use in Music Cases - Stanford University

TOOLS

Copyright Guide for Music Librarians - Music Library Association

Copyright Law and Audio Preservation - Georgia Harper

Kohn on Music Licensing

NAfME Copyright Center - National Association for Music Educators

MPA Copyright Resource Center - Music Publishers Association

Seeking Permission

The Seeking Permission section contains examples of permission vendors and resources for rights holders.

OWNERSHIP OF COPYRIGHT IN SOUND RECORDINGS

According to Public Knowledge, U.S. copyright law requires that, in order to be eligible for copyright protection, a creative work must be fixed in a tangible format.  While a performer may not have copyright to a performance, a sound recording of that same performance may be copyrighted.

The creativity in the process of creating a sound recording involves not only the performance of the singer, but also the input of the instrumentalists, musical director and engineers.  Because so many people collaborate in the creation of a sound recording, the issue of ownership may be difficult to resolve.

For more information, see the "Guide to Copyright for Musicians and Composers" issued by Americans for the Arts.

MUSIC RESOURCES IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN

MUSIC:

SHEET MUSIC:

SOUNDS:
AUDIOBOOKS

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