Permission to use materials, including music, must be obtained IN ADVANCE of the intended use.
- ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. Includes a searchable database of songs and composers.
- BMI, Broadcast Music, Inc. Includes a searchable database of BMI-represented composers and artists.
- MPA Copyright Resource Center, a guide to finding who owns the copyright to acomposition. Includes a form that can be printed and submitted to the owner.
Most Internet Service Providers require that you 'sign' a non-violation agreement, also called "Terms of Service" or TOS. Here are a couple of examples of such agreements:
- yes, this means that you must have permission to use any copyrighted materials on your own pages. You can, and will, be stopped by campus computing adminstrators for violating this agreement.
Reporting someone who has violated your copyright:
The Library of
Congress Directory of Service Provider Agents lists contact
information for all "Internet Service Providers," including universities
and colleges. (see "Case Law" for examples of how this has been