Did You Know that
Music CD Gifts
for Your Guests are Illegal.

If this is you, you're not alone. Let's look at this issue historically.

It's a tradition for some Brides and Grooms to provide a small gift or bomboniere for each guest attending their celebration. These are generally mementos of the occasion and vary from picture frames to a number of other fun ideas.

It has recently become a popular idea to provide a self-made compact disc of music for each guest especially given the technology and general low cost of copying music onto a disc and making multiple copies for guests.

You should be aware that this is illegal and is not recommended. Burning a CD of copyright protected music is a serious offense, and then making "copies" of that CD for distribution to guests is a more serious event.

Many brides and grooms argue that these CDs are "gifts" and there is no money exchanged so this shouldn't be illegal. The unfortunate fact is that this is still illegal and the penalties are frightening even if you own the original music CDs that you copied from. Illegal downloading and copying of music has become a BIG issue these days.

Most professional DJs are licensed to copy music for their use. This is called an AVLA license and you may have noticed that many DJ services advertise that they are AVLA licensed. Enforcement agents do discreetly visit DJs during events and you wouldn't want them finding your illegal CD bomboniere at the same time.

If you have any questions about this you may contact Dennis Hampson, the Executive Director of the Canadian Professional DJ Association Inc., or you can contact the Audio-Video Licensing Agency Inc. (AVLA) directly.

Audio-Video Licensing Agency Inc.
85 Mowat Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M6K 3E3
Tel: (416) 922-8727
Fax: (416) 967-9415
Email: info@avla.ca
Website: www.avla.ca

You may also see the AVLA as an exhibitor at some of the Bridal shows.

Extra Note:
Make sure your DJ is AVLA licensed or using AVLA licensed CD compilations. Ask them to show you their current annual license.


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