If the college counsel office is uncomfortable with this, check with
ASCAP title by title on the play list.
Andrea Slonosky wrote:
> 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.
> 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.
> All thoughts on this topic will be much appreciated.
> Andrea Slonosky
> Media Librarian
> Brooklyn Campus Library
> Long Island University
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