Copyright in General (from Columbia University)
Explains fundamental principles of copyright law and answers questions about fair use of existing works, managing your copyrights, negotiating publication agreements, posting materials to Web servers, and more. Includes podcasts.
MLA Copyright for Music Librarians
This site has current issues in copyright that affect music libraries and the musical community; provides information for making decisions about copyright issues and music; and provides reference tools for answering questions about copyright.
Moser on Music Copyright (2006)
By David Moser. Allen Library Stacks [KF3035 M67 M67]
A great starting point for understanding the various aspects of music copyright.
Copyright Law of the United States
Complete version of the U.S. copyright law and related laws contained in title 17 of the United States Code. Physical copy available in Allen Library Reference at call umber K1419.2 2011.
ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries
Complete text (32 pages) of Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries issued by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). The code identifies eight principles representing the library community's current consensus about acceptable practices for the fair use of copyrighted material.
Copyright & Fair Use
This webpage contains detailed information on all aspects of copyright as well as many links to other useful sites.
Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative Strategies and Practical Solutions (2012)
By Kenneth Crews. Mortensen Library Reference [KF2995 .C74 2012]
This book covers many areas of copyright law and has a substantial section on Fair Use.
Catalog of Copyright Entries
The copyright status of a work can be determined using the Catalog of Copyright Entries to find when/if the work was registered or renewed. Records from 1978-present can be found online at http://cocatalog.loc.gov/. Records from 1891-1978 can be found online at http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/cce/.
Using these catalogs can be difficult, so feel free to ask a librarian for assistance. The catalogs are currently located behind the circulation desk.
The Copyright Genie
This website asks a series of questions about a work in order to help you determine whether or not it is public domain.
Free Media for Creative Use
Contains audio, image, and video materials that is available under Creative Commons licenses or in the public domain. (Site created by James Madison University, so one or two links may only be available to JMU users.)
Public Domain Information Project
Provides information and resources for identifying music in the public domain and includes an alphabetical list of songs in the public domain.
The Public Domain: How To Find & Use Copyright-Free Writings, Music, Art & More (2014)
By Stephen Fishman. Mortensen Library Reference [KF3022 .F575 2014]
Older editions are also in Allen's and Mortensen's stacks.
Music Copyright Infringement Resource
Hundreds of documents (texts, scores and audio files) associated with music copyright infringement cases in the United States from 1845 forward. Sponsored by Columbia and USC law school (and formerly UCLA).
Music Performance Licenses
Explains what the different licensing and/or performing arts organizations basic music do. These include ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. Note that this pertains to the performance of copyrighted music, rather than copying or distribution. [From Brown University.]
ASCAP is one of the two largest performing rights organizations in the US. This website provides information and resources dealing with performing rights and licensing fees.
BMI is one of the two largest performing rights organizations in the US. This website provides information and resources dealing with performing rights and licensing fees.
A smaller performing rights organization, but still representing many big-name musicians.
A performing rights organization that manages the rights for streaming audio, including satellite radio, internet radio, and more.
Harry Fox Agency
The Harry Fox Agency handles mechanical and digital licenses. This should be your starting point if you are looking to secure the rights to produce a recording.