WGI Sport of the Arts requires all participating groups to comply with copyright laws regarding performance and/ or use of arrangements of copyrighted music, visual images and other materials, as well as the use of copyrighted audio, spoken text and display of copyrighted words and images. If copyright violation is found to exist, disqualification may occur. 

In order to streamline copyright compliance as well as standarize the process recently adopted by other marching arts organizations, we have enlisted Tresona Licensing Exchange to assist WGI.  Ensebles are now required to complete the Repertoire Submission Form and secure licensing prior to your peformance.  The link to this form can be found on the Song Selection Tab of the directors only website.

We must stress that you not ignore the Permission to Arrange requirement to participate in any WGI Event.  If ensembles do not fill out the Repertoire Submission Form and have secured licensing priot to your performance, your ensemble will not be permitted to perform at any WGI Event.  In addition, you may incur considerable penalities and be liable for any infringement of copyrighted materials.  These penalties can potentially reach in the thousands of dollars for each song infringed.


Copyright FAQ

Original Compositions – Submit info in Director's only website.  No other paperwork needed.

Composition is in Public Domain – Submit info in Director's only website.  No other paperwork needed.

Composition is a “Stock Arrangement” - No edits have been made or parts added.   Submit info in Director's only website and also submit to the WGI office a copy of proof of purchase of the arrangement and a copy of the front and inside first page of the directors’ score. 

Permission to Arrange - You are required by law to obtain permission from the publishers to arrange or adapt copyrighted material prior to creating any arrangement.  We encourage you to submit requests for permissions to arrange as early as possible. To accommodate the publishers' processing needs, you should submit your permission to arrange requests at least 8 weeks prior. 

How do I determine the musical composition copyright holder?
 Composition copyrights are typically managed by music publishers. To identify the music publisher(s) for a particular song, you could first consult a CD that contains the song. If the CD identifies the performing rights society (ASCAPBMI or SESAC), you can go to the website for the appropriate society and search the database to find the music publisher(s). Searching for the song title in the databases should give you at least the name of the music publisher, and will usually give you both the name and contact information.   

Search Engines
• ASCAP Search Engine
• BMI Search Engine
• SESAC Search Engine
• Partial listing of public domain songs

Spoken Word / Literary Copyrights
 - Spoken word – Including movie quotes, and literary quotations, may contain copyrighted content.  You should exercise care to ensure that you have permission to use any copyrighted words in your show. 

Visual Arts 
- Visual pieces of art, including photographs, are most likely copyrighted. You should exercise care to ensure that you have permission to use any copyrighted visual image in your show.

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The above information is provided for your reference. While we believe the information is accurate, we provide no guarantee or warranty concerning these materials or the interpretation or applicability of the laws to your situation. Copyright compliance is the responsibility of the user of the creative works of others.



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