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Copyright and Fair Use   Tags: copyright, ethics, fair_use, performance  

Describes the variety of print and Internet resources available on copyright as well as issues of fair use with regards to music both recorded and printed.
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All aspects of the performing arts require an understanding of copyright law. From using excerpts for a class presentation to scheduling a new composition on a concert program, the musician is required to gain the needed performing rights and/or permissions if it does not fall within the guidelines of Fair Use.

The history of copyright both in the United States and internationally is complicated, but is key to understanding the general foundations of copyright law. The Association of Research Libraries has put together a concise Copyright Timeline of the history of copyright in the United States to help contextualize our current situation is the US.

For a brief discussion of the Fair Use Doctrine, the US Copyright Office has provided basic information here, including case information that has helped to shape this doctrine over time.

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You will likely find me all over the place from the Media Center to the Reference Desk. Research Services happen everywhere!
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I'm a clarinetist and bass clarinetist in my performance life (both orchestral and chamber). I have a deep love of opera and musical theater as well, however.
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