Weekly Copyright Update
September 4, 2015
EDITOR’S NOTE: We often field questions from churches and ministries about the copyright issues and legalities of posting music and other content on Facebook. We haven’t had any simple and straightforward answers, mainly because of Facebook’s ongoing policy (or lack of policy) to not police unlicensed content. That may be be changing, especially as Facebook targets YouTube’s dominance in the monetized video platform arena and begins to roll out their own content fingerprinting technology.
BY ELLEN SEIDLER: This past week Facebook reached a milestone when, according to founder Mark Zuckerberg, more than one billion users logged on to the social media site in a single day. Part of that growth has come from video views (4 billion per day) and so this week Facebook also announced it would (finally) tackle the online piracy that has long plagued the site.
BY LARRY BUTLER: It shouldn’t be news to anyone in the music business today that the smart (and maybe the only) money is in live performance, merchandising (which is kind of tied into live performance) and publishing (and all of its Constitutionally-guaranteed income streams). The bottom line: If you want to make a living these days on the artist side of the music business, you need to write and publish your own songs and perform them from the stage in an entertaining manner.
BY TODD BRABEC: The Performance Right Juncture: Sound Recordings
Prior to 1972, no federal copyright protection existed for sound recordings. Congress rectified that situation by extending copyright to any recordings that were fixed on or after February 15, 1972. The owners of the copyright therefore had the exclusive right to reproduce and distribute phonorecords embodying the sound recording, including by means of digital transmission, and to authorize others to do the same. Pre-1972 recordings remained subject to the protection afforded by state laws.
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