Music falls under the same copyright rules as print materials, which means that the same policies apply:
There are no absolute numbers to rely on, but the Agreement of Guidelines for Classroom Copying in Not for Profit Educational Institutions are often cited:
The College licenses the use of music for the radio station and student events. Permission may be required for any uses that are not instructional.
Purchased audio/music materials may be placed on course reserve.
If you have purchased a set of recordings and wants to make and put a copy of the set on reserve but wants to keep the original set for your own use, you must obtain written permission from the publisher (copyright holder). Frequently publishers will give permission without charging, but that cannot be assumed.
The Music Library Association released a statement on the Digital Transmission of Audio Reserves. It is recommended that you follow their guidelines.
You are responsible for copyright permission for your own web site. For Faculty Blackboard offers the advantage of providing a secure location, from which you can offer access to your students only.
If you wish to perform a musical work on campus, the College's license with ASCAP, BMI or SESAC may cover your use. Check with the Office of Campus Life.If you want to record and distribute a musical composition that has already been recorded by someone else, or synchronize music with visual images? Check with The Harry Fox Agency, Inc.Online performances are quite complicated. They involve three rights:
Each of these rights must be licensed from a separate entity.The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) represents most major labels and has a good explanation of the statutory license available to certain Webcasters. If the Babson license or the nonprofit educational radio station exemption do not apply, you will have to get permission from each record label whose recordings you wish to Webcast.Music Research Consultants' web page contains links to publishers, record labels, music rights agencies, and more. This is a good place to gather contact information. If you know the name of an artist, album, song or label, the All-Music Guide allows you to search for more information and often links directly to the source.