Not sure if somebody in the know can advise on a music copyright issue
If a recording of a piece of piano music has been published on CD but
the sheet music hasn't been published, is it an infringement of copyright to create a midi
file from that recording (with the aid of mp3 to midi recognition software), create and
print sheet music from the midi file and then perform it in public or create a video of
the performance for public viewing (not for monetary gain though - e.g. to a non paying
audience or on YouTube). It sounds like it could be an infringement but then again, is it
a lot different to 'playing by ear' from the original recording, only with some digital
Re: Midi Copyright
#997792 - 14/07/12 08:35 AM
You can't put it on Youtube without permission. You can
do it for personal use. You technically cannot do it for public performance without
performing at a PRS registered venue - but moat are so you'd be okay there. Playing by ear
requires the same clearances as well.
So - no problem transcribing it and
playing it live in a registered venue.