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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000198.txt from 1998/04

From: "Kevin Fay" <>
Subj: Re: Re: Copyright Infringement
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 1998 21:01:43 -0400

Samuel Clemens once observed that "Lawyers would rather die than stop
talking." I wanted so badly not to respond to this . . .

In the first instance, you are technically violating the copyright
because you did not get permission to do the arrangement. Your
arrangement would be a "derivative work" becuase you referred to the
copyrighted article in order to make your copy.

Speaking as a musician nad not a lawyer, however, you should think about
the real risk here. If you don't perform it for money or try to publish
it, your chances of actually getting in trouble are almost nil.

I am not familiar w/ Dover's "non-copyrighted" collection. It soulds as
if it is something akin to "clip art" or "stock"
photographs--collections of pictures that are published with the
intention that they be freely used. (In software, it's called
"shareware"). If so, have at it.


----Original Message Follows----
From: C E Field <>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 1998 11:54:08 EDT
Subject: Re: Re: Copyright Infringement

Here are some further questions about this topic?

1. If I arrange/transpose a second part from piano sheet music to play
on the
clarinet while the other member of my duo plays the melody line on flute
sax or whatever), am I infringing on the copyright?

2. What is the status of playing music such as that mentioned in #1 that
printed in the "non-copyrighted" music collections from Dover music? Are
collections truly "non-copyrighted"?


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