Julian Dyer recently wrote:
> I understand that in the USA piano rolls count as sheet music (Jody
> wrote about a court ruling defining this, with regards to MIDI files),
> so 'sheet music' is perfectly correct for customs declarations from
> the USA.
This was true, and is apparently no longer. M-Bag rates are now
dichotomized into "Books and Sheet Music and Periodicals", and, all
else. The latter category costs 50% more than the former.. On a lark,
I wrote the U.S. Postal service asking their position of piano rolls as
sheet music in regards to M-Bags:. This is their reply:
> The player piano rolls do not qualify for the book and sheet music
> rates but can be sent at the regular M-Bag rates. - Postal Explorer
Salem, Massachusetts U.S.A.
[ At http://new.usps.com/ is the USPS definition of "Media Mail
[(Book Rate)", dated 08 Jan 2001:
[ "Generally used for books (at least eight pages), film (16 mm or
[ narrower), printed music, printed test materials, sound recordings,
[ play scripts, printed educational charts, loose-leaf pages and
[ binders consisting of medical information, and computer-readable
[ media. Advertising restrictions apply. ... Mark each package
[ "Media Mail" in the postage area.
[ Maybe we could argue that a music roll is "computer-readable media!"
[ -- Robbie