Stephen Birkett wrote:
> ...As with all protected music you are expected
> to pay a fee every time it is performed. This, technically, includes
> modern editions of classical and baroque works.
Well, I am no lawyer but I do not think this applies in England. A new
edition of a previously printed musical work has a very limited copyright
protection: the copyright exists only in the printed arrangement of the
notes on the page, so photocopying without permission is not permitted; but
there is no entitlement to a fee for performing from the edition. It is
merely a courtesy to acknowledge the edition in performances and
recordings. This would apply to Baroque music which had been printed in the
seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
The situation is different if the music concerned has never been previously
published: thus the newly discovered Purcell pieces are protected for 70
years from the date of first publication.
I do not see how copyright can possibly exist in a photocopy facsimile of
an eighteenth-century printed work. Perhaps a real lawyer on the list could
As far as I know English law is now harmonised with that which applies
throughout the EU: which does not, of course, include Switzerland, which
might, therefore, have a more restrictive law.
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