All files on this site are classed as concert performances, so usual performance rules apply.
After a Search is performed, you will see a list of the pieces which meet your search criteria. The last line of each entry is a list of terms I have given that piece. If it includes the term “premium”, then the files are in-copyright; if it includes the term “free”, then the files are out-of-copyright.
The page containing the files also has a statement at the top stating their copyrightness.
If a work is in-copyright, then I only supply MP3 files. This is because the UK Music Publishers Association doesn’t allow me to provide a format that can be used to recreate the score, namely MIDI and Music XML 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:
- play the files through your browser
- download files to your hard drive and then play them through your computer off-line
- transfer these downloaded files to other computers/mobile devices that you own, but only for your own use
- burn these downloaded files to CD, or record to tape, to play in a player that you own and for own use
You may not:
- give or sell these downloaded files to other people
- upload these downloaded files to a website or cloud storage facility
If you have a Group subscription, all the above apply but you may, for anyone who is a member of your group subscription, share the files with them, and burn files to CD for them. You may not upload files to a choir website, or to a cloud storage facility, for your members 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 via my website.
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.
No restrictions apply to use the of files for music which is out-of-copyright. You may do anything you like with the files.
Copyright law is complicated, and I do not claim to understand all the ramifications, but if you have any further questions do contact me.