Policy and Procedure
NOTE - POLICY HAS
BEEN SUPERSEDED SEE NEW POLICY AT:
STUDENT AFFAIRS OP 91.203: 1976 Copyright Act as Related to Musical Performances
Date: September 8, 2006
To provide consistent guidelines to ensure that university student organizations comply with the provisions of Public Law 94-553, Section 110(4).
Federal law requires non-profit institutions to pay copyright royalties for musical performances through the performing rights of organizations (BMI, ASCAP, SESAC) that license public performances of musical works on behalf of the copyright owners. The law covers any performance of copyrighted music where an artist(s) is(are) paid. Permission must be secured whether the work is performed by live musicians, on records, tapes, or any other mechanical means. Copyright violators are liable for a minimum fine of $250 with a maximum of $10,000 plus profits, court costs, and attorney fees. It is the policy of the university that all student organizations comply with the provisions of Public Law 94-553, Section 110(4).
To ensure compliance with the provisions of Public Law 94-553, Section 110(4), all student organizations must accomplish the following steps:
The university, in order to be in compliance with this law, cannot approve any functions involving music unless the above step has been accomplished.
The Vice President for Student Affairs is responsible for the review of this operating policy every four years or as needed.
For information about this policy, contact the responsible/reviewing department hyperlinked above.