Training CDs & The Law
Date: October 8, 2015
Copyright Law is a minefield, as it can be so ambiguous.
The situation is that you program a piece of music using something like Sibelius, Cresendo or, in my Case, Harmony Assistant to make Training CDs for your choir. Obviously, these are not for Public Distribution. They could be classed as Educational Material, or even as In Private. But just what is the legal status regarding such things.
Logically, it would seem that if the choir owned original copies of the Sheet Music, then it should be possible to make CDs to go with them. Theoretically I imagine the same is true of having a pianist make a recording of the notes being played.
If I provide a service of programming the files, where I am provided with the music to be programmed, am I in breach of Copyright, or am I merely providing a programming service?