Although I am not a moderator here I think your answer can be found here in the first paragraph:yamex5 wrote:Hello,
I hope this isn't covered somewhere else, and I doubt that anyone here is a copyright lawyer, but I have a question regarding transcriptions.
What is the legal status of me taking a keyboard piece by Bach (which I've taken from an edition I've bought) and transcribing it for guitar?
Honestly, most of the transcribing is just moving the parts from the bass clef onto the treble clef. There are some minor omissions and octave transpositions where necessary, and fingering suggestions.
Do I email the publisher for permission?
Thanks ahead for any advice!
Errr... Hans, as stated above I am no moderator I'm sorry if you have discussed the topic and came to your conclusion...Hans W wrote:Hi Mike
Ok, first a caveat: just 'cause I'm a mod here doesn't bestow an special knowledge of copyright law so this is just my opinion. However, as adhering to copyright law is taken very seriously here at Delcamp, the topic is much discussed among the mods although none of us is an expert.
Because Bach is in the Public Domain (PD), you can use his works in any which way you want. However, as soon as someone else comes along and uses a work as the basis of, say, a new arrangement that is now a "new" copyrighted work and is not in the PD. It is as if the work had nothing to do with Bach and is considered a completely new work with all the rights attendant.
So, I guess you already know the answer to your question. What you want to do is transcribe a copyrighted piece by a living author/publisher and for that you need permission.
Thanks, Geoff. I have an iMac, and therefore Safari (although I do have Firefox for a couple of web sites not compatible with Safari). Upon a bit of experimentation I have discovered that if I do a Command-Click (hold down the Command key while clicking on the link), the link opens in a new tab, however the tab doesn't automatically pop to the top. I have to then click on the new tab to see the link. And if I do a Control-Click on the link, a menu pops up, the top two selections being to open the link in a new window, and open the link in a new tab. When selecting to open the link in a new window, the new window automatically pops to the top, while open in a new tab functions as described above.GeoffB wrote:No, there isn't such a feature (or if there is I'm unaware of it!) You may be able to achieve it with a browser setting or key combination. For instance, using Firefox, if you hold down the Ctrl key when clicking on a link, it opens in a new tab (or window, depending on your settings). Right-clicking on a link also gives you those options.
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