Re: Stands Tunes and Copyright
Posted by Interested on 8/11/2020, 3:20 pm, in reply to "Re: Stands Tunes and Copyright"
I would really love to see a source on this. I've done a lot of research into this topic, and from what I've found, there has been no change in law or any case law about this. It seems that publishers are turning a blind eye and not enforcing their rights. Maybe because they don't want to be the ones to sue a school (or a Region organization) and get the bad press for it. Maybe they truly don't care. I heard a very popular composer say in a TMEA session that he didn't care about a few copies, as long as you bought the set, but he made it clear that he wasn't speaking for the publisher. |
From a legal standpoint, it's the same idea as buying textbooks. You're supposed to buy a copy of the textbook for each kid in the class, not buy a few and make photocopies for everyone else. Strictly legally speaking, it's a copyright violation if you only make 1 copy for that kid who joined the class late, just like it's a violation to make 1 copy because you have more 3rd clarinets than they gave you parts for. Or for something a little closer, when you buy choir pieces you can't (legally) buy just a few and make photocopies for the rest. You have to buy enough for every kid in the choir, or have kids share.