Hal Leonard,one of the lar


Hal Leonard,one of the larger publishers of educational music, granted uspermission to videotape and sell copies oftheir material performed in school productions in the past. The royalty fee was only a dollar a copy. When the schoolperformed scenes from”Annie”, I was unable to get permission and we did not produce a video. It isn’t easy playing by the rules, but there is satisfaction in knowing the copyright holders are fairly compensated.

I lost a job editing a high school senior video because I would not agree to use popular songs as a soundtrack without paying royalties. This was going to be distributed to 350 students. They “always did it that way in the past” with “no problem”… I didn’t want the liability, and it was unethical. The school is prohibited from distributing copyright material without permission.

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