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Copyright Law Explained

Exceptions for Performances and Displays

Certain performances and displays are exempt from infringement liability. These include:

  • performances and displays of certain works in the course of religious services;
  • performances of certain works by governmental or non-profit agricultural or horticultural organizations;
  • performance of certain musical works in retail outlets for the sole purpose of promoting retail sales;
  • performances or displays of copyrighted works by certain public establishments (e.g., restaurants and bars) under a certain size using a limited number of speakers;
  • transmission of performances of certain works to disabled persons; and
  • performance of certain works at non-profit veterans’ or fraternal organizations for charitable purposes.