I don't read music or tab; if I hear a tune or song I like, I'll try to figure it out and play it (I think this is called "playing by ear"). So, given this situation, how does one know if a song is copyrighted? Also, if one is not making money off of their rendition of a song, and performs it publicly or on YouTube, does that constitute a violation of copyright?
There are several online resources for finding what is copyright and what is not. You can always ask here and we can help find out. To use an others property with out permission is theft. You are "profiting" by "using".
Thanks for the suggestion, Dan. After literally hours of research reading various websites, I am mistaken about how YouTube handles copyrighted material. YouTube maintains a list of songs that may be posted, and you need to check that when posting. Most of the material I read deals with videos of people syncing other folks musical performance with their video. This site is one of the better explanations: diymusician.cdbaby.com/youtube/posting-cover-songs-on-youtube-music-licensing-law-explained/ . There are different ways to approach posting your performance of someone else's work. One is to just go ahead and do it. If YouTube or a publisher objects, say "Oops" and take it down. Another is to do the work to obtain the proper license. Still another is to post only songs which are on YouTube's acceptable list. Some publishers or authors provide little objection, while others are very aggressive in protecting their material.
With regard to churches, my understanding is that all copyright laws apply them. A choir director may not buy one copy of an anthem and then make copies for each member of the choir, that is agains the law. If a church videos its service of worship, It must have a license to distribute any DVDs it makes of the service. The same applies of audio recordings. Many churches secure licenses from one of the companies that provide this service. One is CCLI. Purchasing music (vocal or instrumental) for churches usually includes permission for public performance, but not necessarily for distribution through audio or video recording. The pastor's sermon copyright my belong to either the pastor or the church. There have been different court rulings on this matter depending upon the pastor whether the pastor is considered an independent contractor or an employee of the church. Praise music videos projected on screens at a church usually come with permission for use in a public setting.
Post by clawhammer7 on Jan 1, 2019 23:30:07 GMT -5
Thanks, Dan. This is a very confusing subject (unless one is a copyright lawyer). I guess I'd just have to take my chances when playing or singing a piece of music while not making any money from the use of.