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Re: LilyPond, LilyPond snippets and the GPL

From: J Martin Rushton
Subject: Re: LilyPond, LilyPond snippets and the GPL
Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2019 11:16:30 +0000
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On 01/11/2019 10:45, Henning Hraban Ramm wrote:
> BTW there is _no_ copyright on the design of sheet music, even if some music 
> publishers claim it.

This depends upon the country.  In the UK: "The typographical
arrangement of a published edition lasts for 25 years from first
publication".  See Copyright Notice Number: 6/2016 at

As the notice explains: "For example, the copyright in music by Ludwig
van Beethoven is no longer protected by copyright, but editions of his
work published in the last 25 years will have their typographical
arrangement protected by the publisher, and modern editions, adaptations
or arrangements of his work may still be protected by copyright for life
of the adapter or arranger plus 70 years".

Since most UK law is set by Brussels you need to carefully check the
position in any EU country, it's likely to be the same.

> Greetlings, Hraban
> ---
> fiëé visuëlle
> Henning Hraban Ramm

J Martin Rushton MBCS

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