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Playing Popular Music at Your Event
By Michael Cruz

If you intend to use recorded music, either from the movies or played on the radio, you'll need to obtain permission from the American Society of Composers and Performers, commonly referred to as ASCAP or Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI). They both have the responsiblity to protect the rights of their respective affiliates or members by licensing music users, collecting a fee, and distributing approximately 80-85 percent of the fee to copyright owners.

Typically, ASCAP or BMI will issue an agreement usually referred to as an "amusement park" license. This allows you to use Halloween-themed songs at, or inside your attraction without any violation of intellectual property laws. You can reach ASCAP about their licensing rules at (213) 883-1000. You can contact BMI at (213) 659-9109.

Also keep in mind that if you use music at a trade show or other public area, you will also need to obtain advance permission prior to use. While in the past, copyright laws have not been enforced, both of these organizations have been aggressively seeking violators. And in case you were wondering, the fines can up to $250,000 per violation and/or prison time. It's good motivator to ensure you are in compliance.

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