Buying one printed copy of a music book (or indeed any book) and photocopying additional copies for others without permission is an infringement of copyright – unless the book specifically gives permission to do so. Permission should be obtained from the copyright owner of the individual musical item, and the songbook publisher, before copying takes place. Permission is at the discretion of the rights owner, so it cannot be assumed that it will be granted.
Copies for Visually Impaired Persons
As with words, however, please note that sound recordings of musical performance are not allowed as an alternative appropriate format in respect of music.
If you wish to publish music for sale, publishers will need more detailed information, including retail price, print run, total number of copyrights included and the territories in which the publication is to be made available, and will charge a fee or royalty accordingly.
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