NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: EJ898903
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1069-7446
Untangling the Licensing Web and Other Copyright Questions
Sparkler, Andrew; Poliniak, Susan
Teaching Music, v18 n1 p35-37 Aug 2010
Copyright law is a daunting subject for most lawyers, so it's no surprise that many music educators feel uneasy dealing with it as well. But in truth, obtaining permissions for using copyrighted works can be a very simple and straightforward process. This article walks the readers through the steps of obtaining permission for a fictional piece of music titled "A Really Nice Song," and supposes that one is going to use it in the following ways: arranging the song for one's choral group, including distributing a licensed copy of the song's sheet music, performing it at one's school, and uploading a video recording of the performance to be viewed on the Internet. A brief introduction to copyright law maybe useful. A copyright on a piece of music conveys a bundle of exclusive rights to the copyright owners, including the right to perform the work publicly, to reproduce the work, and to make derivative works. These rights can be divided among or represented by different entities. Thus it's likely that one will need to obtain permissions from distinct people or companies depending on how the song is being used.
MENC: The National Association for Music Education. 1806 Robert Fulton Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Tel: 800-336-3768; Tel: 703-860-4000; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A