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jimtt
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Apr 18, 2005, 11:49 PM


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New arrangements

Do I need permission to compose arrangements of simple hymn tunes? I have never been too sure of the copyright laws. If, as I suspect, you do, who do you approach for permission?


janna
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Nov 18, 2005, 11:10 PM


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Re: [jimtt] New arrangements

hi Jim,

As far as I know you don't need permission for arrangements e.g. for your own choir. Also a payed job for another choir shouldn't be a problem as long as you don't sell it as sheetmusic. To be sure perhaps you can ask Oxford themselves?

succes,

Janna


amw
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Nov 21, 2005, 12:41 PM


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Re: [janna] New arrangements

See http://www.mpaonline.org.uk/code_ofp.html

"If a musical work is in copyright (which it will be if any of the composers, editors or authors have not been dead for more than 70 years, or the work published in the last 25 years, whichever is the longer) then copying the work and/or arranging it are infringements of the copyright unless the person doing so enjoys a specific exception under the Act, or has the specific licence of the copyright owner to do so."