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Copyright, Fair Use & File Sharing: Performance
Rights

Information

May I show a video that I have purchased or rented?

Unless video recordings are sold or rented with public performance rights or licensed for public performance, they should be considered “home-use only,” defined as a showing in a private residence that is restricted to a “normal circle of family and its social acquaintances.” Viewing a video in a dorm room with a few friends is considered to be home-use. Anything in excess of this, including viewing by a club or other organization requires permission from the copyright holder. The only exception to this is instructional use in the classroom.

How do I get public performance rights for a video?

  • Public performance rights may be purchased from the copyright holder or the distributor, if the distributor has authority from the copyright holder to grant public performance rights. For assistance in obtaining public performance rights, contact The Office of Student Activities.
  • For more information see Getting Permission.

 

Performance Rights to Produce a Play or Musical

 

How do I get performance rights for a play or musical?

The rights for most plays and musicals are held by play publishing houses. Be aware that some plays or musicals are restricted and my not be available for production. For assistance in obtaining rights or for guidance in performing a play or musical, contact the Theatre Program. For more information see Obtaining Rights to Produce a Play or Musical or Use Music in a Live Performance.

Obtaining Rights to Use Music in a Live Performance

To confirm rights to perform music in a live performance on campus, contact The Office of Student Activities. For more information see Obtaining Rights to Produce a Play or Musical or Use Music in a Live Performance.

How do I obtain rights to use a specific artist’s version of a song?

For on campus performance rights information, contact The Office of Student Activities. For more information, contact the record company and the publisher. Publisher information can be found at either ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), or SESAC (Society of European Stage Actors & Composers).

How do I obtain rights to have someone play or sing a song live?

For on campus performance of a song live, contact The Office of Student Activities for information. For more information, contact the composer/lyricist’s representative and the publisher. Contact information is available at either ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), or SESAC (Society of European Stage Actors & Composers).