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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000522.txt from 2001/07

Subj: Re: [kl] copyright question
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2001 10:45:19 -0400

At 08:38 AM 07/18/2001 -0500, you wrote:
>This question has come up before in another situation with a choral director
>arranging a popular song for her choir to perform in her school. Do bands do
>this also? I am wondering how copyright makes this possible. Does anyone
>know the answer to this?

Any work that is in not in the public domain but is, rather, still in
copyright, may not be arranged for a different medium without permission
from the copyright holder, or it the arrangment is in violation of
copyright law. This includes arrangements of a pop song for choir to
perform in school.

Of course, it is done all the time, and, unless money is being made by
anyone, it is hard to prosecute and collect damages, but it is still a
violation of copyright law.

Best wishes,
Roger Garrett

Roger Garrett
Clarinet Professor
Director, Symphonic Winds
Illinois Wesleyan University
School of Music
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
Phone: (309) 556-3268
Fax: (309) 556-3121

"A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes
Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825)

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