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Music: Music Copyright

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Books at SU Library

Amanda DuBose

Overview of Music Copyright

Performing Rights Organizations

Licensing agencies, also called Performing Rights Organizations (PRO's), have repertoire lists for the works that they manage the rights. If you want licensing to perform a work, arrange a work, or record a work, try searching these PRO's repertoire lists to find out who to contact. 

Copyright Resources

Overview of music copyright

How do I find out who owns the rights to a musical work?

How do I request permission to arrange a musical work?

What Musical works and sound recordings are in the Public Domain?

What is allowed under educational use (fair use) for music?

How to Register Your Copyright

Information on Copyright and Audio Preservation