[Videolib] yet more copyright issues - this time with music!

Andrea Slonosky (slonosky@mindspring.com)
Wed, 14 Apr 2004 22:33:31 -0400

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Hello great collective,

My apologies in advance for bringing up yet another copyright question. =
However, this is not one that I've seen addressed here before, or at =
least it hasn't come up often enough to be seared into my neural =
network! Also, this is not about films, but about music, which I imagine =
many of you dealing with multimedia collections might have some =
experience with, or may at least be able to direct me to an appropriate =
resource.=20

There is a proposal here to put up a jazz related exhibition in the =
library. At the little reception that is planed for the exhibit, the =
organizers would like to play some jazz music in the background. The =
music would come from our own collection of music recordings - none of =
them rare or unique - all of them purchased through library vendors. One =
of the library administrators has asked if there will be any copyright =
issue in this situation.

Can anyone tell me if there would be a copyright issue with the =
situation described? I have looked through the Music Librarians =
Association's copyright page, amongst others, and haven't found =
anything about this type of situation. Mulling it over, it seems to me =
that if we want to play music we own at one of our functions, (which =
will not be recorded, or advertised as a performance or anything, and =
which will require an invitation) than we should be able to do so. I =
don't think there's any problem with, for example restaurant =
owners/staff playing their own CDs in the establishment, is there? This =
seems to be a pretty similar situation.=20

All thoughts on this topic will be much appreciated.

Andrea Slonosky
Media Librarian
Brooklyn Campus Library
Long Island University

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Hello great collective,
 
My apologies in advance for bringing up = yet another=20 copyright question. However, this is not one that I've seen = addressed here=20 before, or at least it hasn't come up often enough to be seared into my = neural=20 network! Also, this is not about films, but about music, which I imagine = many of=20 you dealing with multimedia collections might have some experience with, = or may=20 at least be able to direct me to an appropriate resource.
 
There is a proposal here to put up a = jazz related=20 exhibition in the library. At the little reception that is planed for = the=20 exhibit, the organizers would like to play some jazz music in the = background.=20 The music would come from our own collection of music recordings - none = of them=20 rare or unique - all of them purchased through library vendors. One of = the=20 library administrators has asked if there will be any copyright issue in = this=20 situation.
 
Can anyone tell me if there would be a = copyright=20 issue with the situation described? I have looked through the Music = Librarians Association's copyright page, amongst others,  and = haven't=20 found anything about this type of situation. Mulling it over, it = seems to=20 me that if we want to play music we own at one of our functions, (which = will not=20 be recorded, or advertised as a performance or anything, and which will = require=20 an invitation) than we should be able to do so. I don't think there's = any=20 problem with, for example restaurant owners/staff playing their own CDs = in the=20 establishment, is there? This seems to be a pretty similar situation.=20
 
 
All thoughts on this topic will be much = appreciated.
 
Andrea Slonosky
Media Librarian
Brooklyn Campus Library
Long Island University
 
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