Music Law

These resources are specific to music law.  See also general copyright or trademark information.


Basic Issues

Specialized Issues

Copyright Registration



Copyright Termination


    For the right to play / perform music. 
  • BMI  
    For the right to play / perform music.  Searchable database.  Sample music licenses for performance rights: airports, athletic club/dance classes, bowling centers, colleges and universities, competitions / shows, concert band, corporations and business multiple use, eating and drinking establishments, festivals, hotels / motels, meetings, conventions, trade shows and expositions, music on hold, musical attractions, radio station interims, RV parks and campgrounds, and web sites. 
  • Society of European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC)
    For the works of songwriters and publishers.  Now includes U.S. works.
  • The Harry Fox Agency, Inc.
    For the right to make a new sound recording or use an existing sound recording (in TV, products, commercials, etc.)
  • EMG Music Clearance (U.S.)
  • The Parker Music Group (U.S.)
  • Signature Sound, Inc. (U.S.)

Non-U.S. Performing Rights Permissions

Non-U.S. Mechanical Rights Permissions

Industry Organizations

Music Publishing Organizations

Non-U.S. Songwriter Organizations

Broadcast Associations

Other Books