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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000156.txt from 2003/06

From: "James Hobby" <>
Subj: [kl] Word meaning & copyright?
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 23:30:53 -0400

Urtext - I don't recall hearing/seeing this when I was in school -- which
was a long time ago. I know the dictionary definition is the original
source, but how literally is this applied? Does this mean going back to the
mms or the first printing? Sorry, if it's a stupid question.

Now, what about the "popular press" printings of older works. For example,
Dover or Kalmus, who say outright that they are reproducing from the
original B&H edition or the definitive 1800 edition, or whatever. Then, in
the front of the book, they say, copyright 2000 under US & International
law. What is copyrighted? If I wanted to rearrange the second movement of
Beethoven's Second Symphony for 18 saxophones, would I be in violation of
copyright if I took the notes off the pages of their editions?

I know some years ago, Kalmus had apparently printed editions that were
subsequently discovered to still be in copyright. I got a mailing saying
that the items in the list were available for sale at half price until
October 1, at which time they would be POP. (The corrolation between the
editions & the copyright problems I discovered later. Kalmus didn't mention
that in their mailing. I guess they wanted to sell as many as they could
before they had to be destroyed.)

Jim Hobby

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