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Matthew Samson
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Pop acapella arrangements?
« on: Jun 13th, 2007, 12:09pm »
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I would like to know about the legality of creating arrangements of pop pieces. I intend to listen to a commercial recording of a pop song and arrange it (write it down as sheet music for a choir so that it sounds as close to the original as possible when the choir performs it).  
 
I know that the publisher usually owns the copyright to the actual recording, but I'm not really sure about who usually owns the copyright to the song itself as sheet music.
 
Normally I would just assume that an arrangement is a derivative work, but the thing is that there are hundreds of acapella groups across the country that perform thousands or even millions of arrangements of pop songs each year. I can't imagine that for each song they obtained permission to arrange it... Can anyone shed some light on this topic for me?
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