Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works.
Copyright applies to nearly all intellectual and creative works, including, but not limited to: books, journals, magazines, photographs, art, music, sound recordings, computer programs, websites, movies, dance choreography, architecture, blog postings, images you post online and more.
Different countries have passed different laws regarding copyright and copyrighted content. Because of this, be sure that if you use music or resources from international artists that you look at the copyright laws in that particular region.
Audio recordings have two copyrights that one must consider: one for the music that is recorded and one for the recording itself. While a symphony composed in 1910 is no longer protected by copyright, a recording of it made in 2010 still is. In fact, EVERY audio recording in the United States is currently protected by copyright.
In 1976, the federal government assigned a life-plus-70-years copyright term to all audio recordings made after February 15, 1972, and set the copyright for all pre-1972 recordings to expire in 2067.
If the screening is open to the public, such as showing to the community
If the screening is in a public space where access is not restricted, such as in a public location
If persons attending are outside the normal circle of family and acquaintances, such as a club or organization, or showing a film for class but inviting others to attend
If privately viewing the film in your room with friends
If an instructor is showing the film to registered students in the course of teaching in the classroom
If the library was purchased with public performance rights included
If copyright permission is obtained
A few things to keep in mind: