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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000311.txt from 2000/07

From: Neil Leupold <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: Original scores for festival judges.
Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2000 12:02:10 -0400

--- wrote:

> There's a lot more case law than just this. It opened up the floodgates, and there's been a
> number of copyright cases that deal specifically with music and what is required to make a piece
> original enough to be copyrightable - in fact, as soon as I can get the info, I'll forward the
> case info to the list. In effect, the copyright law that makes it illegal to copy the "essence"
> of a copyrighted musical selection makes it impossible to copyright a public domain piece of
> music.

The U.S. Copyright Code is conveniently available online and addresses the issues mentioned
above. In preparation for my interview for Publications Director at a music publishing com-
pany in NYC, I printed out the code and read it cover to cover. Interesting stuff, especial-
ly for us musicians (nah, I didn't get the job).


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