Conference performances of sound recordings

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  • A professor wants to use pieces of several sound recordings to illustrate the paper he is presenting at a conference. The parts of the piece that he will use include in some instances whole movements, but in all instances 10% or less of the work in question.

    Does he need permission to play these excerpts at this conference? I'm confused about whether this qualifies as a public performance or an educational setting.

    Also, all of these pieces were produced 1978 or later, but some in other countries. Does this have any bearing?
  • As part of a paper presentation at a conference, this should be considered fair use in an educational setting. (Even though this is not mentioned specifically in the law, it is standard practice at every conference I've ever attended!) It's possible if he were giving the keynote address he might need to be a little more careful.

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