byronz wrote:Well it's good to know that these publishers and artists now allow their scores to be played for free. Having said this it should be said that legally (in the UK at least), copyright only lasts for 70 years after the creator's/composer's / artist's death.This means that, say the music of Barrios, should become copyright free in 2014. (He died in 1944)
Of course all music by Bach, Sor, Tarrega etc has been copyright free for a very long time. So one should perform that without any fear.
One also must question the whole issue of copyright when we live in an electronic age where everything can be found on the internet, on youtube and p2p sites. Everybody shares information, it's a common agreement. Personally I believe it's time that all art and music were published for free, provided that the person using it states his source ie. agknowledges the autor, doesn't modify the integrity of the content in any way, and of course doesn't then sell the material to others for his own profit.
Anyone who downloads art or music should have the ability to make a voluntary contribution or donation to the author/artist. That's what I think should apply to electronic 'products' like wav, mp3, jpg files. Physical products are different of course because there one is buying something unique, real and tangible.
I believe art is priceless anyway. True art is not concerned with our socialized values. It's from another dimension altogether. So all these millions paid for a Picasso or Van Gogh is nonsense. There has just been an agreement to create another form of currency for people to invest in. It has nothing to do with art at all.
Others will surely disagree with this view of mine, but this just makes for a more varied and interesting world.
I agree with you! I for one would not be (attempting) to make money from playing copyrighted scores, anyway . . . it would be a private exercise. I do believe that art is something that can not be copyrighted, except for public performances (or exhibitions in the case of plastic arts)