I began by interviewing a nationally known expert on copyright law -- an attorney whose work has been cited repeatedly in arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.
After a brief review of what a "copyright" actually is, our expert addressed every conceivable permutation of copyright law questions -- every issue that you've wondered about in the past or might face in the future.
IS IT LEGAL TO.....
- Hint: This is not covered by your BMI or ASCAP fees! There is a way to do this legally, but very few stations know how.
- Use "drop-ins" or "wild tracks" recorded from movies?
- Use "drop-ins" or "wild tracks" recorded from TV programs?
- Take music that has been licensed by a national advertiser for a national campaign and use it to create a recorded commercial for a local affiliate or franchisee of that national advertiser?
- Record a TV program's theme music and play it on your airwaves?
- Present a dramatic, on-air reading of a copyrighted book?
- Broadcast something you've recorded from another TV or radio station (e.g., news report, news conference, portion of an interview, etc.)?
- Broadcast a sporting event highlight recorded from another broadcast station?
- Air a commercial that uses only an instrumental version of a copyrighted song?
- Air a commercial that uses a copyrighted song that you have rewritten to suit the advertiser?
- Air a commercial that uses a copyrighted song and/or performance?
- Air a commercial that features a copyrighted song with your own original performance?
- Air a commercial for a nightclub that includes copyrighted music representing the types of music the club plays? (Even if the club itself pays for a license fee to play the music in the club?)
- Air a commercial for a musical performer's local concert, using recorded examples of his/her music?
- Air a TV commercial for your radio station, featuring some of the music your station plays?