Monday, July 30, 2012

When Sync Fees Don't Apply: Understanding "Ephemeral Use"

Is there really a provision in the U.S. Copyright Act that allows broadcasters to use ANY piece of music without the copyright holder's permission? There sure is. The provision applies to what are defined as "Ephemeral Recordings" and effectively alleviate broadcasters from the burden of needing to license music that is performed outside of their control during a live broadcast.

Production Music Association board member Ron Mendelsohn has written a very informative article on the matter, bringing to light both legitimate and debatable claims being made under the auspices of "Ephemeral Use". A highly recommended read for composers, publishers, labels, artists and songwriters who license their music for use in television and radio.

Read Ron's article on "Ephemeral Use":

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