Copyright Issues for Music
Since copyright issues are legal matters, library personnel are unable to answer specific questions about these issues. However, many commonly asked questions can be answered by referring to the information in the following sites.
- A Guide to Copyright for Music Librarians
This site, prepared and maintained by the Legislation Committee of the Music Library Association, contains links for frequently asked questions, current issues and developments, guidelines, and a bibliography.
- United States Copyright Office
Contains links for U.S. copyright law, frequently asked questions, registration forms, and more.
- Copyright and Fair Use
A searchable site hosted by Stanford University. It includes statutes, current legislation, cases, Internet resources, and more. A page on Fair Use and Multimedia is of particular use for music issues.
- Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University
The site provides copyright information and resources. Topics include copyright in general, fair use, libraries and copyright, copyright ownership, permissions, and special topics.
- Copyright Information Center at Cornell University
Several resources, including a comprehensive list of copyright terms and public domain dates:
Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States
Links to charts showing dates of public domain.
- Library digitization projects: copyrighted works that have expired into the public domain, by Mary Minow.
- When U.S. works pass into the public domain, by Lolly Gasaway.
How to investigate the copyright status of a work, (PDF) by the United States Copyright Office.