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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000184.txt from 2000/07

From: charette@-----.org
Subj: Re: [kl] An error in a Sousa march
Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2000 09:14:19 -0400

> Most music today is NOT published with a "site license" in the sense of
allowing unlimited copies to be made by and for the original purchaser
only.

I know that, Bill. Perhaps I was unclear. The license granted with music today is for the copy you buy. There's no real difference with digital; if a site license can be negotiated for a digital reproduction, there's no reason why one can' be negotiated for the printed version. However, tracking purchased music (a limitied number of copies) is much easier than trying to track a possible unlimited number of copies.

ID numbers, etc., only keep the honest people honest - it's too easy to defeat just about any mechanism.

I'm not against digital reproduction or site licenses or anything like that; I'm all for them. I'm just worried that the schools and other institutions will become _more_ liable for tracking copies than less, and the methods may be onerous to employ.

Any contract for a "site license" involving multiple copies will have to be examined _very_ closely. They're relatively common in the software industry, but almost every one is significantly different than another.

mark C.

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