Re: Audio Copyright Question

Judy Falzon (
Tue, 16 Nov 1999 10:25:56 -0800 (PST)

>If you're tired of contemplating the intricacies of video public performance
>rights, I have something different for you to ponder . . . public
>performance of audio recordings in the library. Specifically, is it OK to
>play an audio recording as part of a children's storytime program? Or does
>a library need to maintain BMI and ASCAP licenses to be safe.
>I'd appreciate any clarification on this subject.
>Sharon Herfurth
>Central Texas Library System
>Austin, TX

***My understanding from ASCAP representative is that playing
audiocassettes and cds from the library's collection in the library
constitutes a public performance and is not okay without purchasing a
license or otherwise obtaining permission.

Judith Falzon
Head of Audio Visual Services
St. Joseph County Public Library Voice: (219) 282-4608
304 S. Main St.
South Bend, IN 46601-2230