Copyright protects musical, dramatic, literary and artistic works as well as sound recordings, broadcasts, photography, designs and films.
If you want to copy or use a copyright work (including multimedia and television broadcasts), you are required by law to get permission from the copyright owner, unless you have a licence to copy. Copyright infringement is against the law and may lead to a criminal prosecution.
In our new Copyright guidance, you can find copyright law relevant to those who are employed by an educational establishment, or those who are self-employed. You can also find advice on other miscellaneous topics such as arranging music, protecting your copyright, other rights in musical works and performing musicals and nativities.
Read our full Copyright in Music Education guidance.