I received 32 FULL responses back from my public online survey last week, I am so happy about this! 🙂
Thank you to everyone who helped me get closer to my MSc in Library and Information Studies.
My dissertation for my MSc is on the topic of music copyright, and the survey is now visited and I have downloaded my data in a lovely looking Excel sheet (and EPIC looking Pie Charts) for my Supervisor for Friday.
When I mention the area to an information professional or library worker, they do tend to make the noise of air flying out of a balloon extremely fast.
The topic is very complex and new rules and regulations are being updated constantly within the library work and laws in the U.K.
The reason I chose this topic was due to my love of the Open Access forum.
I believe everyone should be able to access information for free, on any topic that they are interested in.
The person who takes the time and effort to come up with the idea for the paper, research, collect the data and publish it, has gone to huge amount of effort and should be recognized Right??! RIGHT??!! What about musical scores?
Some people, not all please don’t think I am saying everybody does it, think that this pretty musical score is up for the taking. They can photocopy the whole thing and not have to worry about copyright. The composer is dead, so it doesn’t effect anyone and no one gets hurt.
Just think about it, you fall in love with a piece you hear during a seminar or a class you have taken for your BMus/Music degree. You take time out of your day to go and find it in the library, and you take it home. Slowly but surely you manage to learn it and play it whenever the mood strikes. You bring it back to the library and photocopy the whole thing. (This is the, this is not okay part). So…. you stole it. You might not think you did, but that is exactly what you did.
Now you can go on about how you couldn’t afford it, how you really needed it, and how you shouldn’t have to justify it if the photocopier is right there.
If you want to work in field of music, academic, professionally or any other which way and you become a composer or performer who is trying to live off of the craft, future you had just been robbed by past you.
Think before you copy, music is the same as any other discipline, you need to dedicate your time to it.
If you would like to know if the musical score it out of copyright, please see the image, it is a handy guide to ensure you do not steal anything! If this is confusing, why not ask the librarian or library assistants to help you?