Copyright issues


All files on this site are classed as concert performances, so usual performance rules apply.

In-copyright

If a work is in-copyright, then I only supply MP3 files. I pay the performance fees to the UK body The Performing Rights Society (PRS). This applies for both when a link is clicked and the file is played through the browser; and also for when it is downloaded to your hard drive and played off-line.

When playing on-line I have a system which counts every time a file is played. This count is used to assess the level of fee I need to pay for the annual licence from PRS.

My system also counts when a file is downloaded, which is also taken into account by the PRS. There are conditions that apply when using in-copyright files:

You may:

  • download files to your hard drive and then play them through your computer off-line
  • share these downloaded files to other computers/mobile devices that you own
  • burn these downloaded files to CD to play in a player that you own

You may not:

  • give these downloaded files to friends and neighbours
  • upload these downloaded files to a website

If you have a Choir subscription, all the above apply but you may burn files to CD for each of your members. You may not upload files to a choir website for others to play on-line or download. However, you may put links on your website to the pages on my site, where choir members may then access the files as above.

Out-of-copyright

If a work is out-of-copyright, I have invariably supplied MIDI and MP3 files. Files I prepared at the start of this project also included Sibelius Scorch files, and those more recent include Avid Scorch and Music XML files.

None of the restrictions above apply to use of files for music out-of-copyright. You may do anything you like with the files I provide for out-of-copyright music.

 

Copyright law is complicated, and I do not claim to understand all the ramifications, but if you have any further questions do contact me.

[Last updated: 7 January, 2017]