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Charts to Determine Copyright Status
Music - Creative Commons License
Google Custom Search
This Google box searches a selection of copyright guides and FAQ websites, including the U.S. Copyright Office.
--from the Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed.: The exclusive right given by law for a certain term of years to an author, composer, designer, etc. (or his assignee), to print, publish, and sell copies of his original work.
Copyright is most often thought of today in terms of restrictions, but it is also meant to stimulate new knowledge and creativity by allowing creators to benefit from their work.
Long definition [click the (i) to get the whole thing]
--from the United State Copyright Office Circular 1, Copyright Basics: Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and
Rights Permissions Companies
search the database of titles they license
BMI = Broadcast Music, Inc.
use Search --> Repertoire Search to access the database of titles they license on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers
Copyright Clearance Center
licenses the rights to millions of books, journals, newspapers, websites, ebooks, images, blogs and more
Harry Fox Agency
a mechanical licensing, collection, and distribution agency for music publishers in the U.S.
Public Domain Information Projects -- a company
in business to sell inexpensive copies of public domain scores