[LINK] Ars: 'Musopen raises $40, 000 to set classical music "free"'
kim at holburn.net
Tue Sep 14 16:12:05 EST 2010
On 2010/Sep/14, at 1:02 PM, Richard Chirgwin wrote:
> Picking over a detail...
> On 14/09/10 11:54 AM, Roger Clarke wrote:
>> ['Setting music free' is an attractive catch-phrase, because it's
>> short. But it's misleading.
>> [Copyright in the sheet-music in question has already expired. But
>> copyright automatically subsists in performances and recordings of
> Not quite ... the copyright over (say) a Beethoven *manuscript* has
> already expired, as it has over many versions of the sheet music.
> But a
> new *edition* - say, a musicologist returning to the original
> manuscripts and correcting errors, revising or modernising marks and
> presentation, improving the pagination to make the work easier to
> perform, etc - is copyright to the person creating the new edition.
> Or at least, that's how I understand it!
I think this is on the edge of acceptability. I believe the recording
industry has tried schemes like this to maintain copyright -
remastering recordings and in the US it has not been successful as a
way of maintaining or gaining copyright over performances.
Also of course the original music is still in the public domain.
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