Sending PDF sample copies
Date: August 23, 2012
Composer ands arranger colleagues --
I have come across a situation that has me steaming mad. I was requested by a teacher via email for a review copy of a new version of one of my pieces. As I was just finishing this version I sent the completed copy as a PDF via email.
I recently received another email saying he approved of my piece due to having held a rehearsal which went well and to bill him for 20 copies yet hard copies were not needed to be sent. Here is my response:
"Mr. and Mrs. Requester --
I am curious to know how you held a rehearsal of my piece without permission to copy it or without purchasing it. The fact you state "hard copies not necessary" tells me illegal copies have been made. As flattering as your request is I cannot approve of such actions. The PDF copy I sent was sent as a review copy only, as requested by you. I stated in a previous email I do not sell my music on a buy-one-copy-duplicate-as -you-like basis, but rather as traditional publishers have - ordering and receiving as many as needed."
This is as far as I've gone as I'm not sure what to say next. I am VERY tempted to pull permission for this person to use my music, but as the piece is already in the hands of his choir I'm not sure that would be effective, rather I fear he may use the piece as a freebie. Please share with me any similar stories and how they were resolved. I am not replying to this person until I see what the wisdom of this list has to say. Thank you in advance for your advice.
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