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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000214.txt from 2000/07

From: "Mark Charette" <charette@-----.org>
Subj: Re: [kl] von Weber Concertos 1 & 2 -Reply
Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2000 17:55:44 -0400

From: <rgarrett@-----.edu>
> Any edition, once made, becomes the work of the editor. The work of the
> editor is copyrightable in the US. However, the original work may be
> arranged by anyone - it is not copyrightable. Is this the distinction you
> were trying to make?

No - I've been in personal and public communication with a number of
copyright lawyers about this. Putting a copyright notice on a piece of
music, even edited, does not make it copyrighted. There's a significant
amount of work needed to make an edition copyrightable - adding dynamics and
correcting notes does not a new copyrightable edition make. At least
according to 6 or 7 lawyers on the cni-copyright list, with no dissenting
opinions from the 2 or 3 hundred lawyers who frequent that group - almost
unheard of on that list.

Whether or not you want to put up with harassment from a publisher and go to
court is another thing.

Mark C.

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