Shower performance

November 1, 2012

  • 99I Copyrights
  • 99I(J) Infringement
  • 99I(J)1 What Constitutes Infringement
  • 99West's Key66 Musical works.

99 COPYRIGHTS AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTYLive musical concert before substantial paying audience is “public performance” and constitutes infringement of copyrighted musical work unless it is licensed or unless exemption applies; on other hand, rendition of copyrighted song in shower is not “public performance” and, therefore, not infringement so that there is no need to obtain license or search for exemption.
Broad. Music, Inc. v. Claire’s Boutiques, Inc., 949 F.2d 1482 (7th Cir. 1991)
Suggested by Jody Nathan, Partner; Stauffer & Nathan; Tulsa, OK