We are sure you know this, but it is illegal to photocopy music. This is true even if your choir is small, a charity or a social, just for fun, choir. It is also true for choirs that learn by rote. It’s a serious matter.
Why can I not buy a single copy and photocopy sheet music?
All music in the Karen Kirkland Music catalogue is still in copyright. This means you cannot photocopy or reproduce the music in any way, without the prior permission of Karen Kirkland Music. There are a number of reasons why it is important to respect the rights of copyright owners and to seek permission before copying music:
- An illegal copy deprives the composer of the music of the chance to earn income from his/her creative work
- The publisher is deprived of the opportunity to recoup the investment made in the production of the printed edition
- The publisher is unable to monitor the use and popularity of a particular edition.
Consequences of illicit copying
Illicit Copying is a form of theft which damages composers and publishers. It discourages composers, who may be forced to look for other ways of earning a living. It deters publishers from investing in new writing talent and the production of printed music and it denies them information about the use of music which would guide further investment decisions. A publisher may allow a work to go out of print believing that there is a lack of demand for that particular work when the opposite may in fact be true.
In certain cases limited copying is allowed, for example for the purposes of private research and study and for use in examinations (other than those involving instrumental performance). Copyright legislation is complex as far as performers and teachers are concerned, the MPA has developed a Code of Fair Practice in agreement with composers and users of printed music.
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