Be sure to follow fair use guidelines.
Peer-to-peer (P2P) has many legitimate uses. In general, using a P2P to
copy commercial music and video files, without the copyright holder’s
permission, for personal enjoyment is likely a violation of copyright.
Posting a video with copyrighted music (even if just background music)
to a public website may be a violation. Keep in mind the educational
purpose, fair use, and exemptions such as parody. In addition, there are
also special licenses, called mechanical licenses, that affect the use of
music online and digitally. The copyright law was amended in 2018 and
new rules taking effect in 2021 are being written right now.*
Use the Soundzabound royalty free music library licensed for Iowa K-12
schools. Permissions include:
• Synchronization with film and video
• Broadcast and podcast rights
• Rights to duplicate and sell videos in education
• Continued use for student portfolios
ASCAP, BMI and SESAC are performing rights organizations that
represent lyricists and composers. They can grant licenses for the use
of music in their catalogues. Others that grant licenses to use music
include the recording companies that make the CDs and digital music
The Music Modernization Act (MMA) was recently
signed into law. Additional information and
guidelines on the impact on education regarding
blanket licensing, easier ways to get music
clearances, how to use pre-1972 words, and
more will be coming.
*Look to www.copyright.gov for more details
or go to https://www.lutzker.com/?s=music
for information on the Music Modernization Act.
(Legal opinion from Lutzker and Associates,