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Copyright Cans and Cannots

Copyright Cans and Cannots

Copyright Cans and Cannots

Thanks to the Internet and CD burners, copyright owners are having a harder time than ever protecting their music from being illegally copied and performed. That does not mean they have given up trying. Music licensing organizations such as BMI continue to guard their members? copyrights. To avoid being forced to take a music license, we present the following list of copyright cans and cannots:

There is one more cannot: You cannot view this list as comprehensive. It covers many typical copyright issues but is far from complete. Please call a Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs attorney who works in our Intellectual Property Practice Group if you have a specific question.

 

MEDIA: YOU CAN: YOU CANNOT:
CD or cassette Play it at home or in your car, for yourself, your family and friends Play it for the public, such as in a waiting room lobby
Music on radio Play it in an area that doesn?t serve food or drink, using a private home-style stereo, with no more than 4 speakers Play it over the phone as "music on hold"
TV shows or movie videos Mount one TV in a workout room, if the TV is smaller than 55" and has no more than 4 speakers Mount more than one TV per room, or four TVs total, or any TV bigger than 55" - or show pay-per-view on the TV
Computer programs Load onto one machine per license; create a backup copy for archival use Buy one licensed copy and load onto multiple machines
Book, newspaper or magazine Read it, loan to family or friends; write your own summary of key points or facts and distribute to others Make copies to give or sell to others, or plagiarize
Newsletter Read and route to co-workers Make copies to distribute around the office
Educational use Copy a small part of a work for students to use in class Copy the entire work for students to keep