When you stop to think about it, a person can “rip” a form of media (video, print, audio) into a perfect duplicate in seconds. Take the duplicate and replicate it (as many times as imaginable) and send it out to millions- all from the comfort of their favorite chair, at home! The cost of doing something like this 25 years ago would be staggering! Now, it costs literally 10ths of a cent, Euro, Ruble or whatever!
Fortunately, there are many [tag]free[/tag] [tag]resources[/tag] available online to help with the understanding of copyright as it pertains to those involved with music. Below is a list of great resources and help about this topic:
MENC’s Copyright Center- A great resource specifically for music educators:
Music Publishers’ Association- A copyright resource center with many links and articles:
Artists House Music- What Music Educators Should Know About Copyright, A video featuring Danny Rocks (VP at Alfred Publishing):
The Music Education Madness Site- A short primer by Paul Jennings (Plank Road Publishing):
Bands of America- A concise article for musicians, by Ted Piechocinski, J.D., about the “Copyright Monster”:
Harry Fox Agency- The foremost mechanical licensing agency for the US (get your rights here!):
Copyright Clearance Center- Another distribution company for licensing and information:
United States Copyright Office- The “horse’s mouth” for US copyright information:
Downhill Battle- An interesting site with a somewhat different point of view about copyright and fair-use:
James Frankel on “Copyright or Copywrong”:
http://jamesfrankel.musiced.net/2007/01/19/copyright-or-copywrong/ and http://jamesfrankel.musiced.net/2007/02/02/copyright-or-copywrong-part-2/
International Copyright Information= World Intellectual Property Organization:
Comments, Suggestions and Additions are Welcome!