I recently attended a presentation run by APRA/AMCOS specifically focussing on copyright laws for Australian music teachers.
The session was very informative and answered many of my questions. Here are some of the details that may be of interest to other teachers:
- APRA Performance Licence – granting performances of live and recorded works for educational purposes on and off school premises (covering things like assemblies, outside performance at fetes, masses, showcase concerts, etc.). This does not cover performances of “Grand Right Works” such as musicals, or any performances for commercial gain, the rights for which must be obtained separately.
- AMCOS Photocopying Licence – this entitles schools to copy more than the usual “10% or 1 chapter” amounts of books and scores but is limited to: 5 copies per 1 original for choral works, 15 copies per original for other musical works, 15 copies of up to 3 songs from a “Grand Right Work” (musical) and 30 copies per original for band/orchestral parts. Read here for full details. Copies should always be marked as “AMCOS Licensed Copies”, following the guidelines on their website. Teachers working at multiple schools can’t use these rules separately at each school – ie. they may only make 30 band parts from each original score in total, not at each school. If they need more copies, they’ll have to buy more originals.
- ARIA Recordings Licence – allows making, sharing and selling recordings of school events (selling only to recoup costs of CD manufacture or staging an event) and sharing them on CD or school intranet. This licence also allows the use of iTunes downloads for educational use at school (this is a new law as of 1/1/2012). Any recordings made should state that they are made “under licence from ARIA” (eg. on the CD sleeve) – full details on their website.
Disclaimer: Please realise that I’m neither a copyright lawyer nor specialist in this field and make the above comments in good faith. I make no representations as to the accuracy, completeness or validity of any information in this post and will not be held liable for any errors or omissions nor any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.
Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, California Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.