Copyright question (Schoenberg Serenade).

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Copyright question (Schoenberg Serenade).

Post by David Ward » 05 Mar 2017, 21:57

I was surprised to find a (less than perfect) scan of the Wilhelm Hansen score of Schoenberg's Serenade Op 24 freely available as a download on the internet. Since Schoenberg died in 1951, the piece is copyright in the EC (including here in the UK) until the end of 2021. On the other hand, to buy the score appears to cost £52 (60€): rather a lot for a chamber piece, I think.

I seem to have lost (lent?) my copy of this score, to which I need to refer in connection with a possible project around Petrarch's sonnets (in the slightly whimsical English translation by J M Synge), so I'm in a bit of a quandary here…

Any advice, opinions?
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Re: Copyright question (Schoenberg Serenade).

Post by John Ruggero » 06 Mar 2017, 12:06

Let your conscience be your guide.
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Re: Copyright question (Schoenberg Serenade).

Post by RMK » 06 Mar 2017, 18:01

Schoenberg is PD in Canada, where the term is life plus 50 years. This is where the server you (probably) found it is based.

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Re: Copyright question (Schoenberg Serenade).

Post by DatOrganistTho » 16 Apr 2017, 01:52

You must own the work and make the copy yourself, so long as you do not distribute it. Grabbing it off of someplace else if it is not your own is technically illegal (if you live in the USA).
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Re: Copyright question (Schoenberg Serenade).

Post by John Ruggero » 26 Apr 2017, 19:11

DatOrganistTho wrote:
16 Apr 2017, 01:52
You must own the work and make the copy yourself, so long as you do not distribute it.
If I understand you correctly, DatOrganistTho, instead of scanning some copyrighted sheet music that I own so that I can have access to it on a computer, I can legally download it here in the USA from IMSLP even though it is only available for download legally in Canada. Is that really the case? And where would I find information confirming that?
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