A Guide to Copyright Law for Noncommercial Radio Stations

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The Guide to Copyright Law for Noncommercial Radio Stations was produced by John Crigler and Melodie Virtue, partners in the law firm Garvey Schubert Barer. The Guide covers portions of copyright law that are relevant to broadcasting and streaming music to U.S. listeners. Topics include:

  • What is copyright?
  • What is a Work?
  • What rights does copyright law confer?
  • What is fair use?
  • What licenses does a station need to broadcast and/or stream musical works and sound recordings?
  • What are the royalty rates for streaming?
  • What information needs to be sent to SoundExchange and how often for streaming music?
  • What licenses does a station need to use music in a podcast?
  • Is a station allowed to make copies of its CDs or vinyl albums to put on its hard drive so DJs can program the station from a computer?
  • Can DJs use music from YouTube, Pandora, Spotify or other digital services?
  • What are the penalties for infringement?
  • And more!

Learn what you need to know to keep your station on the right side of Copyright Law. Download the guide by clicking on the link below.

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This Guide was commissioned by the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and Native Public Media, who have approved of its publication by Garvey Schubert Barer. The Guide contains information of a general nature that should not be regarded as legal advice on particular situations.

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