"accompaniment" (arranging) a work under copywrite
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Posted by Don L. Huneycutt on October 17, 2001 at 13:18:57:
If you take a song that is under copywrite (specifically, one printed in a simple four-part version in a typical hymn book), and write (or improvise) an accompaniment for a soloist departing from the strict four-part writing properly published.....which in any essence constitutes an "arrangement"), is it a violation of copywrite to use this "arrangement" for your own performances of this work. This "arrangement" (could it be considered personal notes as to what to play?) is not for publication, distribution or for profit.
Comment: The "arrangement" does substantially alter the simple four-part version in the hymn book but most "accompaniments" (it would seem) played anywhere under any circumstances would fit this description.
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