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Case 1 "Using Spotify for Teaching"

"You want to play your favourite artist's music on Spotify during a music lesson. Is this possible, in terms of copyright law?"

No. Teaching is a public activity. According to Spotify's terms of use, the service is intended only for private use.

Case 2 "Using  Online Purchased Music for Teaching"

"A teacher has purchased music for their computer online. Can the teacher play the tracks in question to their students during a music lesson?"

No, if the online service terms define that the service is selling  music for personal use only..  According to  Copyright Act 21 §, a published work may be performed as part of teaching, as long as the source of the work is legal.However, an agreement defines the rights of a user accordig to the terms of the online service. Most online services selling music sell the right for personal use only and use in teaching is using the work in public. Check the terms of the online service you are using.

Case 3 "Copying CD Music for Teaching"

"May a teacher copy CDs they have at home, and CDs they have borrowed from the library, onto their computer and play the music from the computer during a music lesson?"

No, they may not. Although performing the music in an educational context is permitted, making copies for purposes other than private use is not.  Therefore, copying music from an original recording, e.g. a CD, for anything other than private use, is prohibited.

Case 4 "Creative Commons and Teosto"

"May you license your own music under the Creative Commons license, even though you are a member of Teosto Ry?"

No, you may not.  By joining Teosto, you have assigned the management of the intellectual property rights of your compositions to Teosto. In this case, you also cannot decide on your own licensing.

Case 5 "Private Use of Music Online"

"May you make private use of copies of music published online, even though you know that it has been uploaded without the consent of the copyright holder?"

No, you may not.  According to the Copyright Act, a few copies of a published work may be made for private use. The provision, however, stipulates the so-called requirement of legitimate source, according to which private use copies may not be made of the track if it was manufactured or made public in a way that violates the author's financial rights. Violation of the requirement of legitimate source may result in liability for damages if the copier knew or should have known about the illegality of the source.