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Re: Headword for unfretted-strings

From: Jonathan Kulp
Subject: Re: Headword for unfretted-strings
Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2008 09:01:14 -0500
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New headword will be coming soon.  Probably a late Beethoven quartet.
We don't need copyright headaches.


Graham Percival wrote:
Find a different headword.

You don't want to screw around with "fair use".  Is "fair use"
under US law?  Is it "fair dealing" under Canadian law?  IIRC the
last time we looked at this, my not-a-lawyer reading of the
Canadian copyright law was that, since we weren't quoting a small
exerpt *for the purpose of discussing that music*, it wasn't
allowed.  Of course, there was a new copyright law being proposed
for Canada; it's been put off for the election, but I'm sure that
it'll come back a few months from now.  Would this quotation fit
under that law's notion of "fair dealing"?  Dunno.

And I haven't even *begun* to investigate what each European
country's notion of "using a small piece of copywritten material"
count as.

Look guys: the 20th century is dead.  Just assume that anything
cultural from 1900 onwards is locked up, and you won't get into
trouble and won't waste time on this garbage.  I mean, how much
brainpower has gone into this thread?  We have professors,
composers, programmers, musicians... reading emails, reading
web-pages, writing emails... time to cut your losses.

If you don't like baroque/classical/romantic music, then compose
your own stuff.  Hey, that's why I started composition in the
first place -- I wanted to record a Britten solo cello suite and
make it freely available on the 'net, but discovered that it was
completely forbidden.

- Graham

On Tue, 07 Oct 2008 08:31:51 -0500
Jonathan Kulp <address@hidden> wrote:

So, do I need to do a different headword, or can this small excerpt
be considered "fair use"?  (Or does the concept of fair use apply in
French copyright law?)


Reinhold Kainhofer wrote:

It's true that in most of the European countries (and many other
countries around the world) Ravel's works become public domain on
January 1, 2008. However, as far as I know (but then, IANAL) France
is a little exception in that it does NOT count the years of the
2nd World War towards these 70 years for authors, who served in the
war, so Ravel is apparently still protected in France (see also the
English Wikipedia article, but not in
hardly any other country. However, we want to distribute lilypond
also in France, so we have to abide by their copyright laws, too.


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