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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000116.txt from 2003/06

From: "Bob Langford" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Law - sense or senseless?
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2003 16:57:15 -0400

And, each time you make a copy to give your friend, for whatever reason, you
add to the problem of music going out of print due to low sales. IMHO,
there's also a large difference between making one single copy and making
copies for profit !!

Some music is only available for rent. (for instance: Richard Strauss
Invalid's Workshop & The Happy Workshop). I wonder if renting for the
purpose of making a copy for rehearsal and then returning is allowable.
Rent it again for when you want to perform it ?? Otherwise, many of us out
here won't get the pleasure of playing many great works.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Lelia Loban" <>
Subject: [kl] Law - sense or senseless?

> James Hobby wrote,
> >The two instances that I said I do copy was (1) the little
> >march-sized parts to 8.5 to 11. If I were not to copy this,
> >it would not provide the sales of more music. If I can't see
> >it, I can't play it, whether I have one or 100 copies of the part.
> >It might result in less sales, since it woud be of no benefit to
> >me, so why buy it, at all.
> I'm not an attorney and I can't give legal advice. However, whether or
> *laws* make sense, as a matter of *common* sense, I think there's a huge
> difference between someone copying music because s/he's too cheap to buy
> and someone else copying it in order to be able to read it. In the USA,
> someone legally purchases a score and then makes a copy in order to
> the notes enough to be able to see them, and if the publisher for some
> reason decides to hunt down that person and sue his socks off, I think it
> might make a very interesting test case under the Americans with
> Disabilities Act. I think that a publisher approached by a
> partially-sighted person for permission to blow up a legally purchased
> to larger size had better think seriously about giving permission,
> double-pronto.
> (I have a personal interest in this subject, since my father, legally
> since childhood, uses a combination of contact lenses, thick glasses,
> magnifying glasses and a scanner / copier to deal with various types of
> reading material. During his many years as Chairman of the California
> Governor's Committee for Employment of the Handicapped before he retired,
> he helped draft the ADA. At age 80-something, he'd no doubt get busy
> filing his teeth to sharp points, with enthusiasm, if somebody tried to
> quote copyright law at him to take away his scanner.)
> Somewhat preoccupied with law myself at the moment, since I'm on jury duty
> this week and next....
> Lelia Loban
> E-mail:
> Web site (original music scores as audio or print-out):
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