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Copyrights and Music Rolls
By Andy Taylor

The roll reader would be very handy machine to have around, but there
are some cautions that have been pointed out to me, concerning copyrights,
that should be considered.

It wouldn't be wise, nor of good taste, to copy a roll that is still in
production.  There are thousands of out-of-production rolls that may be
used for this.  Also, with these computers, new arrangements may be made
easier than ever before.

So I will say it before the machine is built -- use caution when deciding
to copy rolls.  These people who are in the field often pay the pianist
big bucks to play for them, and they need to recoup their investment.

If we are not careful, someone's arrangement could be bouncing all over
the Web, killing that persons and their producers chances of making any
profit for their hard work.  If that happens it could hurt the whole

I suggested the machine only for the purpose of preserving old rolls and
to have the ability to play them over and over again, to keep from fraying
them -- not to give someone the chance to avoid buying the roll in the
first place.  I am not saying people here would but I felt it needed to
be said.

Andy Taylor

(Message sent Tue 22 Jul 1997, 17:07:50 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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