|Most of this information is
UK-specific. Laws and customs may be different in other
The IAC Licensing - Copyright Clearance Scheme
|8. SCOPE OF THE LICENCES|
The IAC Copyright Clearance Schemes offer licences which cover the use of :
If recordings were purchased abroad then contact MCPS to ascertain that they have been registered in the UK. You will then know if they are covered by our IAC licences or, if not, then where the Copyright may be held.
|9. THE LICENSING BODIES|
PROTECTION SOCIETY (MCPS)
MCPS protects the Rights of the Composer and permits the licensee to record (dub) musical works owned by its members which have previously been released as a sound recording on condition that the recordings are privately used only:
The licence clears FOR ALL TIME dubbings made within the twelve months of the licence
In normal circumstances the record companies do not permit their commercial products to be re-recorded or dubbed. The BPI licence issued by IAC on their behalf permits the copying of recordings made by leading manufacturers. The BPI licence permits an unlimited number of copies of recordings to be made within the conditions of the licence during one year from its date of issue.
It should be noted that Copyright in the recording is separate from any other Copyright attached to the material recorded. Even if the material is free from any other Copyright the RECORDING itself is Copyright to the recordist or the record manufacturer.
The BPI licence covers the RECORDING PROCESS of all recordings made by leading manufacturers and its conditions are as follows:
PERFORMANCE Ltd. (PPL)
– available only to IAC Members
In addition to the BPI licence, a licence is necessary for the REPRODUCTION IN PUBLIC of sound tracks created from commercial recordings.
The PPL licence also covers the live use of recordings played as background during the entrance and exits of audiences and during intervals as an accompaniment to film, video and audio visual presentations that may not have a pre-recorded soundtrack.
The licence does not cover requirements which may be imposed by local authorities.
Performers Rights are administered by the Musicians’ Union.
Under the provisions of the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988 the consent of the performers is necessary in relation to the exploitation of their performances including recorded performances.
This is in addition to all clearances and consents that have to be obtained with regard to Composer and Recording Rights.
As from August 2005 it is no longer necessary for IAC members to apply to the Musicians’ Union for performers consent for each incorporation of a sound recording into a project, provided all that is intended with that project is private use and/or exhibition to a non-paying audience.
However, commercial exploitation will still require the prior consent of the Union
In such cases, or if you have any queries, please contact the Media Department of the Musicians’ Union on 020 7840 5556
|10.||The Performing Rights Society (PRS) issues licences
covering commercial premises
in which Copyright music is played. These are quite separate from the Copyright
clearance licences issued through the IAC.
(Contact: PRS, Copyright House, 29-33 Berners St, London W1T 3AB)
|11.||Church Services - Weddings etc
Any music that you video-record may be in copyright. This means that you need specific licences for using it and for giving away or selling copies. The key British music industry bodies have established a Limited Manufature Licence which considerably simplifies the licensing. Details can be found on the PRSforMUSIC website. The licences are bought online which makes the process very quick.
Most of this information is UK-specific. Laws and customs may be different in other countries. Any copyright owner can refuse permission without explanation. This can happen, for example, if the managers of an artist think a film brings the artist into disrepute.
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