“The copyright owner has the exclusive right to reproduce copyrighted works on CD, DVD or tape. Music educators who wish to record student performances and distribute copies of the recording must obtain and pay the copyright holder for the right to use their music. Once recordings of musical works have been distributed to the U.S. public, under the authority of the copyright owner, any other person may obtain a compulsory license to record the work by complying with certain procedures and by the payment of the royalty provided in Section 115 of the Law (Current rates are 9.1 cents per musical piece 5 minutes or less, and 1.75 cents per minute for pieces greater than 5 minutes.)“
Recently, we received a call asking if ACDA provided mechanical licensing. The answer is, of course, no. Here is a brief review of of mechanical license procedure from SoundWaves.
“If you are making recordings be aware that you are legally allowed to make only one copy for use in the classroom without being required to obtain and pay copyright license fees. If you plan to duplicate CDs for your students, it is necessary for you to obtain and pay mechanical license fees to the copyright holder, composer and arranger of each piece you record.“