themythes Posted October 14, 2009 Share Posted October 14, 2009 Vox’s point about editor’s copyright lasting as long as a composer’s is, I’m sure, correct in essence, but I was given to understand by the nice people at MCPS (now PRS for Music) that this would apply where the editor had provided the first “scholarly or performing version”; id est, one which was the first publication of a performable edition of the piece. Much early music falls into this category, but if such a piece appeared in a second publication in a new typesetting, graphic rights only would apply to that case, unless there was a substantial difference from the previous edition. Simply altering a few notes won’t do and one cannot assume someone else’s copyright in this way. Whether Emery’s edition of Bach would thus qualify is an interesting and possibly debatable proposition, assuming that actual graphic rights of his edition have “timed out”. Incidentally, do not the graphic rights now last 35 and not 25 years as hitherto? There has been some excellent advice from many board members in this thread, but there is no doubt that it is the ultimate Pandora’s Box for performing musicians and, if one is in any unsure, contacting PRS for Music will provide the right answer. http://www.prsformusic.com/Pages/default.aspx David Harrison Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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