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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.