23. March 2007 · Comments Off on Rachmaninoff & Copyright · Categories: imported, Ramble

The news is quickly making it all over Blogland™, so no doubt everyone has heard by now that Rachmaninoff’s great great (or not so great?) grandson is planning on changing some of the composer’s music enough so that copyright is renewed.

It’s a money thing. And I’ve a feeling a lot of people the same age as the great great grandson will say, “What’s the big deal?” But maybe I’m wrong. Do tell!

But anyway … moving on …

Have you ever noticed the copyright dates in your newer church hymnals? (What?! You havent’ checked a church hymnal in a while? Well, if you haven’t looked recently, I can tell you that a good number of the copyright dates are rather recent, even though the hymns are quite old. (Okay, I can tell you that even if you have looked. Just so you know.) Those wonderful church music folks rewrite the hymns just enough to renew copyright too. They are nice that way.

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