Scanning my own sheet music for my own use on a tablet

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Scanning my own sheet music for my own use on a tablet

Post by Pete » Fri Sep 04, 2015 1:25 pm

I have legally purchased sheet music. I was wondering if

A. I can legally scan it to put a digital version on my tablet (for my own private use)


B. If so, and the app can play the sheet music as a MIDI file, is this also legal?

(again not for public performance or sharing)

Thanks!

I'm thinking specifically about this:

http://www.zubersoft.com/mobilesheets/

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Post by AndyJ » Fri Sep 04, 2015 3:06 pm

Hi Pete,
Up until July 2015 this would have been legal but a judicial review found that the process by which the Government had introduced the so-called 'format shifting' exception, was flawed and so the exception has been withdrawn pending a decision on how or if to levy a suitable fee to compensate the rights owners.
However since the purchase price of the sheet music includes an element which forms a royalty to the composer, allowing you to perform the music in private, I think it would be worth contacting the music publisher and asking for permission to do this as it seems to be entirely within the spirit of the private use licence.
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Post by Pete » Sat Sep 05, 2015 9:00 am

Thanks for that info.

This could have enormous consequences.

I f i understand correctly, the following would not be legal:

1. For a singer to jot down (on the back of an envelope) the lyrics to a song which they own legally (e.g. on a purchased CD) so they can sing it with a band (at a properly licensed venue)

2. I write out a copy of my legally owned sheet music in a different key, so I can then play it in that key at home on my saxophone.

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Post by Pete » Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:15 am

Pete wrote: 1. For a singer to jot down (on the back of an envelope) the lyrics to a song which they own legally (e.g. on a purchased CD) so they can sing it with a band (at a properly licensed venue)
Come to think of it not a good example if that is for commercial use.
This is a better example:

For somoeone to jot down (on the back of an envelope) the lyrics to a song which they own legally (e.g. on a purchased CD) so they can sing to their children at bedtime.

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Post by AndyJ » Sat Sep 05, 2015 11:30 am

Pete wrote:Thanks for that info.

This could have enormous consequences.

I f i understand correctly, the following would not be legal:

1. For a singer to jot down (on the back of an envelope) the lyrics to a song which they own legally (e.g. on a purchased CD) so they can sing to their children at bedtime.

2. I write out a copy of my legally owned sheet music in a different key, so I can then play it in that key at home on my saxophone.
Hi Pete,
You are right that technically speaking both of those would amount to infringement now that the private cpying exception has been withdrawn, although for all practical purposes I don't think you would face any significant risk of being sued!

I understand that clearly you want to stay legal, and it is very frustrarting that the exception has been withdrawn, for which we have the music business to thank.
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Post by Pete » Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:49 am

AndyJ wrote:
I understand that clearly you want to stay legal, and it is very frustrarting that the exception has been withdrawn, for which we have the music business to thank.
Many thanks - a much faster response to the question than MPA.

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