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Copyrights Are Our Friends
By Lea Ann Huegel
10/26/2010 1:19:00 PM

So you have probably heard about "Copyright", and you may even know a little bit about it.

Most people know that copyright was designed to protect composers and writers and allow them to earn a living at being creative. Most people are supportive of the copyright laws but may be confused as to what is law and what is myth. Others may feel that copyrights are a nuisance, but often that's because they don't understand them. Before copying any music or requesting permission check out the following websites:

www.copyright.gov - This will get you into the United States Copyright office website.
www.mpa.org - This is the website for the Music Publishers Association and includes information for educators and churches.

These are great resources for finding out more about protecting our nation's composers and writers. You may be surprised how many people you already know that may have pieces under copyright!

For those interested in learning more about performance rights, the following two websites are good.

www.ascap.com - American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers
www.bmi.com - Broadcast Music, Inc.

So go ahead and get informed before you step up to the photo copy machine!

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