Because sound recordings may comprise various elements, there are at least three types of copyright which may apply:
UK legislation has some allowances for the copying and use of sound recordings, for example:
In order to be allowed to copy recordings that are still in copyright, you must:
It is normally necessary to seek permissions in order to be allowed to use commercially-produced recorded music. Permission has to be sought from three parties: composer, music publisher and record company. Consequently, obtaining the necessary licences can be a bureaucratic and expensive process.
The following organisations can offer some help:
City has subscriptions to the following resources: