Faculty/Staff

Copyright Guidelines for Music

This copyright site is intended to bring clarification of copyright laws and the rights to use copyrighted materials to Washburn University faculty and staff. It is an overview of the licensing practices and copyright laws and issues relating to education.

As in the quiz, each situation must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The quiz and this site should give faculty/staff the ability to make those evaluations with regard to copyright laws.

The following will provide you with a basic framework to apply copyright law and Fair Use as it pertains to music.

Rules of Thumb 

  • Use of music with video, film, graphics, etc. for synchronization purposes must
  • have copyright permission from the owner of the musical composition.
  • Copying musical compositions for the purposes of performance are prohibited.
  • Copying scores and sound recordings purchased by the University is allowed for
  • preservation purposes only.

Take a Copyright Quiz! 

In this quiz you will be asked a series of 6 True or False questions.

Copyright Quiz on Music

Additional Resources

Broadcast Music Association (BMI) - American Performing Rights organization that collects license fees on behalf of creators.

American Society of Composers, Authors, & Publishers (ASCAP) - U.S. performing rights organization created and controlled by composers, songwriters, and music performers.

Harry Fox Agency -information source, clearinghouse, and monitoring service for licensing musical copyrights.

Music Library Association - A guide to copyright for music librarians.