Click on the following link to access the full text of the U.S. copyright law:
"I am not a lawyer, and I don't play one on TV!"
As you can see, copyright law is very complex and can be confusing.
The boxes on the right contain information that can help you understand copyright and sort through all that legal-ese.
• Find out about U.S. copyright, law & policy, searching for copyright, and more at:
• The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, passed on October 12, 1998, makes major changes to U.S. copyright law to address digital rights management.
The Music Library Association maintains an up-to-date website on music copyright for librarians and it is full of information that is helpful to musicians and students, as well.
Quick links to *selected* chapters in the guide:
• What parts of the law are most relevant to music?
• "Can I make a copy of this score?" and other burning questions.
• Alphabet soup and terms in the law, or, "What does DMCA stand for?"
• Keep up with current court decisions related to music copyright:
• Isn't copyright for sound recordings different? Yes! Until 1972 sound recordings were protected by state copyright laws and did not come under federal protection until 1972. Current law provides that pre-1972 sound recordings may remain protected under state law until February 15, 2067. After that date they will enter the public domain.
• The American Library Association's copyright site covers digital rights management, general copyright, fair use, international copyright, and much more!
• Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC):
• Association of Research Libraries (ARL):
• National Association for Music Education (MENC):