Media Copyright Concerns
Some General Guidelines for AV Materials
- Music may be in the public domain, but the performance and arrangement can be copyrighted
- Synch rights must be obtained for background music
- No admission may be charged in a school setting (band concerts). Performance may be fair use, but a copy of the actual print music must be legally obtained for each student and participant.
- There may be several copyright holders, i.e. on music you may have a composer, performer, producer, arranger, publisher, record label, etc.
- Extracurricular activities and entertainment purposes do not fall under Fair Use.
- You cannot convert an AV work to another format except under certain conditions when the hardware is obsolete or an analog work is not available in digital format.
Off-air Video Taping
- Tapes must be destroyed within 45 days unless permission is obtained
- Only nonprofit educational institutions may use them
- Only programs transmitted for reception by the general public without charge may be used (no pay channels or satellite transmissions)
- May not be done regularly and may not be altered