There is this urban myth I hear all the time. “If I just “use a few seconds” of a song then it is fair use, and I do not need a license.” I deliberately chose the word “myth” because it is just that – a myth. As a very general rule, most use of music requires … Continue reading
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Should Radio Broadcasters Pay a Performance Tax?
I have been on a “vision quest” the past three months. A quest for knowledge. A quest for lessening the tension created in my mind over three things I love dearly – the Copyright Act, broadcasting and music. This past GRAMMY® awards in 2015 saw The Recording Academy ban together with other interested parties to … Continue reading
What is BMI, ASCAP or SESAC? Why Should My Bar/Gym/Event Care?
“I received this letter from some group called BMI saying I owe money for the music I play in my restaurant/gym/community 5k raising money for a good cause/concert venue. Is this a real thing and should I respond?” Yes, emphatically and soon! Over the past several weeks I have had several conversations regarding performance rights … Continue reading
Copyright’s Biggest Night, aka Ryanne’s Take on the GRAMMY® Show
This past Sunday was music’s biggest night. There was fashion. There were antics. There was Kanye attempting to make a show about music all about him. And, there were a LOT of copyright issues. Music might have taken center stage by being honored, but copyright issues crept in as obvious as Madonna’s horned dancers. Wait, … Continue reading
Tips for Posting Copyrighted Music on YouTube, Part 2
I know since my post last week you all have committed to memory the differences between a musical work copyright and a sound recording copyright. Right? Anybody? Is the mic on? If you haven’t taken the time to delve in depth, be sure to refresh yourself on the post from last week HERE. Now that … Continue reading
Tips for Posting Copyrighted Music on YouTube, Part 1
A few weeks ago a reader wrote in with a question about using non-original music in a piece they are putting together. The distribution method for their creative work is, for now, only going to be on YouTube. Below are some of their questions, What type of permissions do I need, if any? Everyone is … Continue reading
And The GRAMMY® Goes To …
The National Championship game for college football – Which team is playing, again? The yearly rivalry game for a favorite college sports team – yawn. Super Bowl – let’s be honest, this media loving gal is watching it for the commercials. It’s true. I’m an anomaly when it comes to sports. Unlike most southern ladies, … Continue reading