25. October 2016 · Comments Off on Copyright · Categories: Ramble

I’m a stickler about copyright. My students know all about that: when students come in with a copy of something that is still under copyright I won’t work with them until I know they’ve ordered the music.

If I’m going to be a stickler about copyright when it comes to my students I must be a stickler about it for other things as well as well. This means I can’t post poetry that is still under copyright: so many of us don’t understand copyright law about poetry and song lyrics! Did you know you can’t take a poem and put it to music without the author or publisher’s permission if it’s still under copyright? Did you know posting a part of a poem on your wonderful photograph is also against copyright law if the work is still under copyright? My (what some might consider uptight and rigid) “rule” means I don’t copy music except for study purposes prior to a performance of said work (and I don’t distribute that music, much as I wish I could give it to my kiddos). Maybe I’m over the top about this, but it’s important to me.

I once had a chat with a writer who made copies of pop music recordings for his friends. I was conversing with him about copyright and said, “Well what if I took your book and made copies and gave it to all my friends?” “That’s different!” he replied.

I didn’t see how that was any different. Call me silly.

I can’t tell you how many times I go on YouTube and read, “No copyright infringement intended” when someone breaks copyright law. I think the statement itself makes it rather clear that copyright infringement was intended! And today? (The reason I’m writing about this at the moment, actually.) I just read this: “No copyright intended”. Hah! Indeed.

(YouTube is a tricky one, though: sometimes I can’t tell if something was posted with permission or not. I know if I’m only seeing a copy of the album cover, or I see “no copyright infringement intended” I can’t post it here, though*. Those are dead giveaways!)

*Just after writing that I ran across this lovely YouTube video with just an album cover and I’ve been proven wrong! The label put this on their YouTube page. So never mind that as a dead giveaway. (And yes, I do like crossover artists on occasion … it has to work well, and Ann Sofie von Otter did this so very well that I purchased the album.)

25. October 2016 · Comments Off on iPads and Music Reading · Categories: Ramble

I was just watching and listening to a YouTube video of a choir. (I’m forever in awe of people with good voices!) Out of the large group one person was using an iPad rather than a folder with hard copy music. I’m really a fan of using less paper, and I’m all for electronic devices, as everyone who knows me knows (I don’t take a church bulletin and, instead, use the pdf I’m sent from church so I don’t have any paper to toss).


(You knew it was coming, right?)

Hers was the only face lit up with that iPad bluish light. It was on her face and reflected in her glasses.

There are other issues with our electronic devices of course: what if they malfunction? Notes don’t disappear off a printed page, but an electronic device might have a glitch and then one might be a wee bit lost! What if the user neglects to turn off the sound and an Amber alert comes blazing through? What if the user drops the thing and all is lost?

Just some thoughts. I think we are in for more electronics on our stands or in our hands, and I’m open to it, but there are a few issues that might need to be worked out.