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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000071.txt from 1998/04

From: "Scott Morrow" <>
Subj: Re: Copyright
Date: Thu, 2 Apr 1998 12:51:56 -0500

>> Even after a copyright on the _music_ expires, a representation
>> of the music can have a copyright attached - the _music_ is no
>> longer copyrighted, but you have no legal right to make a photocopy
>> of a representation under copyright. You are allowed, however, to
>> make your own copy of the music and play it from memory if you
>> so desire.
>You are correct about the former. A way around is to rewrite it
>yourself....either by hand or on computer. It is then your work - by law.
>You do state that......again ........very perceptive!!

Wouldn't "your" work need to be a derivative of the original public domain
piece and not of the copyrighted derivative?
In a musical I was collaborating on, my partner wanted one of the pieces
interwoven with spirituals. I found a book of spirituals in the library
(arranged for voice with piano accompaniament) and copied down only the
melody lines, figuring the songs were public domain but the arrangement was
not. I then made my own arrangement independent of the arrangement in the


Scott D. Morrow
DNA Synthesis Core Facility
Department of Biochemistry
The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health
Baltimore, MD 21205
(410) 955-3631

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