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Historic Sheet Music Resources
Public Domain and Copyright Resources
About the Exhibit of Public Domain Items from 1923
January 1, 2019 marks the first time in 20 years that several published works will enter public domain. Because these works are in the public domain, people can now create new derivative works based upon them (such as cover songs), and reproduce, distribute, and publicly perform them. These and other items published in 1923 were supposed to go into the public domain in 1999. However, in 1998, the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act went into effect and extended the term of copyright an additional twenty years, making the term for most works to be the life of the author plus seventy years or ninety-five years for works made for hire and anonymous/pseudonymous works.
This particular exhibit highlights music from the Music & Performing Arts Library’s Historic US Sheet Music Collection that was published in 1923 and is now in the public domain. One of the most notable songs in the exhibit is "Yes, We Have No Bananas" by Frank Silver & Irving Cohn. Other titles include "Barney Google" by Billy Rose and Con Conrad and "Hotsy Totsy Town" by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby & M.K. Jerome.
Pictures from the Public Domain Songs from 1923 Exhibit
Music Copyright Books
The items in the exhibit can only be viewed in the Library and cannot be checked out. However, the following resources about music and copyright are available for check out at MPAL.
Music and Copyright by
Call Number: ML410.B59 B37 2015
Publication Date: 2008-10-27
The highly topical area of copyright law, as applied to music, is widely misunderstood by lawyers, business people, and - perhaps most seriously - the federal judiciary. More than ever, there is a need to understand music infringement issues within the context of copyright litigation. In Music and Copyright, Ron Rosen provides readers with a practical and strategic roadmap to the music-infringement litigation process, beginning with the client's claim or defense and continuing through the selection and use of trial experts, discovery, motion practice, and trial. Renowned for his expertise and career-long commitment to entertainment, intellectual property, and commercial litigation, Ron Rosen has condensed his experience into an essential guide for anyone involved in music-infringement litigation. Packed with elucidating examples from the author's own practice, Music and Copyright navigates the often thorny terrain between notions of the legal and the musical providing practical advice, case studies, forms, and commentary along the way.
The Teacher's Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law by
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
(Reference). In this era of unprecedented access to information, teachers have a wealth of resources readily available for lesson planning but determining what legally can and can't be used in the classroom is a difficult task. The Teacher's Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law helps explain in plain English just how information, images, video, and music can be incorporated into any kind of lesson plan without running afoul of copyright laws. You'll learn: * what you can legally use without permission * how to obtain and license what you need permission to use * how to check the copyright status of any media item * how to apply copyright legality examples to real classroom situations