Music Technology Lessons © K. Garrett
Students enjoy composing their own music. Now we need to learn the basics of copyright and fill out the forms necessary to copyright our works.
The 2nd through 5th Grade students receive one 40 minute lesson per week.
* Students will read the information available from the copyright books
studied in class.
will learn how to complete and send copyright forms to the
Library of Congress Copyright Office in Washington, D.C.
* Students will continue to work on their compositions, using
* Students will complete at least one worksheet from the Sibelius
worksheets available on the Quizzes and Games pages.
* Students will continue their studies on the Music Ace 1 Lessons.
Music Ace, Sibelius, worksheets printed from website, copyright books to study
- the Official Copyright User's Guide (1998-2000
Official Software, LLC. http://www.officialsoftware.com)
Copyright for the New Millennium by
David Moser (copyright 2002, MixBooks - ArtistPro Publishing
Procedures: Students should have prior knowledge of how to write a composition using the computer and keyboard. They should also be familiar with the process of making a CD, discussed in earlier lessons. Also, they should be familiar with navigating our web site and how to find the Sibelius Worksheets.
Using the Official
Copyright User's Guide (http://www.officialsoftware.com),
the students to read and discuss the Introduction to Copyright.
Note the basic concepts, such as:
- the difference between a copyright, trademark and patent
- copyrightable works and how long copyrights last
- works not protected by copyright
- what is fair use?
- how to correctly choose and complete the copyright form
- the cost involved in sending in works to be copyrighted
- receiving the copyright registration form and registration number
Students should go to the official website for current copyright forms and select the correct form to print. We will complete the copyright form as a group effort. Copies may be made of the form to add to the students' portfolios. Students should note that once the registration is received by the Copyright Office, it immediately is effective, but we may not receive the actual certificate of registration until six to eight months later.
is the address to send the copyrighted works to? Library
of Congress, Copyright Office, 101 Independence Avenue, SE,
Washington, D.C. 20559-6000.
portions of the Music
Copyright for the New Millennium by David
In the book, "the new technologies available for
music through the Internet and other devices make it very
easy to infringe
upon the rights of the creators of music and other works.
Also discussed is the fact that people mistakenly think that
everything available throughout the Internet can be 'free
for the user'. It is important to note what can and cannot
used, and how to seek permissions from creators of works
if you plan to use them on the Internet or for public performances
/ use. Also, we must realize that everything we do in daily
life uses copyrighted materials, from listening to a CD,
radio or television, reading newspapers, books, magazines,
and using software." Moser also writes that "the
music industry (songs and sound recordings) are forms of
property that are
protected by copyright. Without copyrights, creators and
publishers would not be able to earn income from their music
book discusses many topics, some listed here from the
Preface of the book: