Can I legally recorded practice tracks for my students or do I need to request permission from the copyright holder to do this? It seems like this might be a “gray area” in the law, but then again, I am not sure. From the standpoint of doing it with permission, I can understand the desire of a copyright holder to want to control the recording of his/her work. Then again, from the standpoint of doing it without permission, I make this tracks for educational purposes and it is not like I am denying the composer of income as I purchase scores for my students. I have seen that GIA has a system now where they sell the rights to produce these tracks. Does anyone know if I need to request permission to make these tracks? I am not selling them, just using them in my school.
One further question – if a company sells practice tracks, for example Barbershop Harmony Marketplace, would I need to request permission to make tracks? In this instance, it seems that I would be denying the copyright holder a source of income.
Thanks for your help!
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