Color Guard Copyright Information
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.
Requirements for participation at WGI events:
All Color Guards must submit your groups Song Selection Information via the director’s only website no later than 5 weeks before your first event. Groups failing to have this information on file WILL NOT be permitted to compete.
The musical selection(s) used in your program may require additional licensing other than blanket licenses obtained by WGI. WGI cannot give legal advice towards any possible licensing needed for your group. For more information visit:
Song Selection FAQ
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 should first consult a CD that contains the song. If the CD identifies the performing rights society (ASCAP, BMI or SESAC), you can go to the web site 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.
How do I determine the CD recording company? The recording company which manufactured the CD you purchased will be listed on the CD packaging. Often it will include a mailing address with the name of the company.
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.
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.