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Rita Benton Music Library

Music and Copyright: Get Started

MUSIC and COPYRIGHT

 

This guide contains information about copyright and tools, like charts or videos, that can help you better understand copyright.

For legal advice on the application of copyright law, please consult a lawyer.

COPYRIGHT LAW

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For those who would like to read the actual Title 17 of United States Code, which outlines the tenets of copyright.

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LICENSING for RECORDINGS

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Learn about the agencies that license music for recordings, including interactive streams (YouTube, etc.) and how to request streaming or recording permissions from other rights holders.

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UNDERSTANDING FAIR USE

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What is Fair Use and when does it apply?

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LICENSING MUSIC for ARRANGEMENTS

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Arranging a musical work for a different set of voices or instruments? If the work is under copyright, you'll need a license to make the arrangement. 

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LICENSING for
LIVE STREAMING and PERFORMANCE

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Learn about the agencies that license music for live performance/live synchronous streaming and how to request performance/live stream permissions from rights holders.

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LICENSING MUSICAL EXAMPLES

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If you are working on a dissertation or publishing an article or book that includes musical examples, you will need to obtain licenses for all examples from copyrighted works. 

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