copyright question about arrangements
Date: December 10, 2012
Having paid publishers for permission to arrange various songs in the past, I'm wondering how this requirement is applied. Isn't any performance of a non-original song by a small combo playing from charts in a hotel lounge an arrangement? Isn't every non-original song sung by an a cappella group an arrangement? When a singer adds a repeat into a published song isn't that also an arrangement? Just to carry this to a ridulous end, isn't straying from the actual published edition in any way (changing the tempo, key or dynamic markings) an arrangement?
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