Q: How can I sell an instructional video of choreography to a high school without copyright issues?
I am a choreographer that creates competitive shows for High school dance teams and color guards. These groups learn their show to a specified piece of music and compete within the US to that music during a season. Usually they perform the show 5-10 times and make no money off of this. They actually have to pay to perform. There is no video taping or selling of the shows. They are live only to a recorded piece of music. We would like to package and sell these shows to schools. We would create an instructional video that the students would learn off of. We would need to promote what music they would use on a website. We usually edit music pieces together to create their competitive soundtrack. This would also be used in the instructional videos so they could see how the choreography fits to the music. How can we do this without copyright infringement?
For the music, depending on which you do, you could get a license from the recording copyright holder.
Check the manager of the rights, there are agencies that focus on that.
They offer different pricing depending on the use.
Once you have that, assuming no other IP issues, you can record and protect the end product.
Consult with an attorney to make sure you cover all your bases.
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