This list of resources was put together for use by music librarians but contains links that could be useful to anyone interested in finding out more about music and copyright. The FAQ page is particularly useful.
This site was put together by Thomas G. Field, Jr., a professor of law at the Franklin Pierce Law Center, to address some basics of intellectual property rights, especially as they pertain to the visual arts.
Our central Database includes 1,400 entries covering more than 2,500 court opinions (including over 30,000 pieces of data) spanning almost 200 years, fully summarized and searchable by numerous variables, featuring nearly every artist you'll think of (many you won't), covering copyrights and contracts, trusts, torts and more.
This article recently appeared in the journal "American Music" and examines how copyright law and sound recordings interact. It is only available on campus or through the proxy server (requires NetID to login).
Works of the performing arts are works that are intended to be performed for an audience. This category includes a wide variety of creative works, including music, lyrics, sound recordings, scripts, screenplays, choreography, motion pictures, video games, and similar types of works.