Astronauts have often brought their own music to entertain themselves, or had music played to them to wake them up. Some of this music is audible on publicly-available mission recordings. In addition, music was included on the Voyager golden record.

Does NASA need to get permission from or pay royalties to the copyright holder when music is used?

Related: How can I view the Voyager golden record images?

  • $\begingroup$ "used in space" ≠ "publicly-available mission recordings" so which are you asking about? Once there is money in space someone in space could charge someone else in space to listen to a recording. We can't assume that everything happening in space will be televised. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Jun 28, 2021 at 3:22
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    $\begingroup$ @uhoh: The question is about the use in space. However, what NASA does is often open to the public, which complicates the matter. $\endgroup$
    – DrSheldon
    Jun 28, 2021 at 6:34


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