Category Archives: Intellectual Property

Be Careful What You Print in Your Newsletters and Include on Your Websites

Infringements of the Copyright Act (“Act”) related to playing music was covered in a May 17 LTC Counsel blog post, and this post will cover infringements of the Act through written materials.  Many long term care (“LTC”) facilities use websites and newsletters to inform on activities and perspectives of residents and staff.  These vehicles are often used to reproduce poems or stories intended to inspire and console residents and their families.  LTC facilities can run into problems with the Act when the content of their websites and newsletters contain original literary works. The Act protects original works of authorship, including …

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Playing a Radio or TV In The Facility: Copyright Infringement?

Many long term care (“LTC”) facilities play music on radios and televisions for the pleasure of residents and their guests.  Under the Copyright Act (the “Act”), the owners of copyrights in music have the exclusive right to perform or display copyrighted work publicly.  For LTC facilities, this may mean that turning on a television or radio, singing, dancing or active performance in a location open to the public or before people not family members and their social acquaintances may be Act violations.  Thus, facilities have become the targets of copyright enforcement businesses, such as BMI, SESAC and ASCAP. These enforcers …

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