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Diggy Mottram

MUSIC COPYRIGHT by DIGGIE MOTTRAM

Recently a number of members have expressed some interest, and concern, over the subject of copyright cover. The whole matter has been recognised by acts of parliament, notably the Act of 1988. Firstly it is an offence to make a recording of copyright music, even if that recording is not played back - this refers to professional or amateur performance music. Secondly it is an offence to re-record any recording without the consent of the maker or performers. Thirdly it is also an offence to play or reproduce, copyright material in public without the appropriate permissions. It should be noted it is held that any group of persons outside the family circle e.g., neighbours or friends, is the public. The rights to be cleared cover
a) The use of copyright music.
b) The recording from which a soundtrack is made.
c) The performers.
d) The public performance.
The IAC has made special arrangements with the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society Ltd. (MCPS) for amateur recording licences for the clearance of copyright music in soundtracks.

Further through the IAC the British Photographic Industry (BPI) licence may be obtained, by IAC members, to permit the copying of commercial recordings for amateur use. Together these two licences cover most, if not all, the requirements or club members since they cover normal club use, Amateur Film Festivals and a limited number of public shows. The cost of these two licenses is £7 approximately, for IAC members, and it should be noted that all films made whilst a licence is held are covered in perpetuity. The only rights not covered by these two licenses are those of the performers. The IAC cannot help in this since the musician's Union is authorised by its members to view their consent. A separate application should therefore be made to the union for each recording. Agreement is normally given without a fee being required. The union normally use such applications to negotiate copyright fees with the recording companies; this is analogous to the royalties paid on lending libraries to authors. The IAC will provide a suitable form for this purpose. These notes are for guidance only and full details can be obtained from the IAC in Epsom. The matter may seem complicated, but in practice, with these two licenses the business is simple. The consent of the musician's Union is normally easily obtained.


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