|Type of post:||News|
|Posted By:||Dick Bushell|
|Date Posted:||Mon, 18 Feb 2019|
Compliance with copyright law is a vexed issue in BHA and BHNZ. While the majority of choruses and quartets comply with the law, there are a number of misunderstandings of what is needed and some inadvertent breaches do occur. Achieving copyright compliance is not cheap, but it is important that BHA and BHNZ are equally fair to all and everybody does pay their dues for copyright. Copyright breaches are potentially expensive for those involved.
The majority of songs are somebody’s intellectual property and subject to copyright protection. Copyright holders are entitled to royalties for any use or copying of a song. There are separate requirements and separate royalties for sheet music, to live performances, to live or delayed streaming on social media and other platforms and to recordings in other forms. This article will only consider the copyright laws and royalties as they apply to sheet music. Contest rules only apply to sheet music.
Copyright law varies in different parts of the world. This article is written for Australia and New Zealand and may not apply in other parts of the world.