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Divine Word Catholic Church

Music Ministry

Address

8100 Eagle Road

Kirtland, Ohio 44094

(440) 256-1412

 

Printed Music

Musicians are always scrambling for decent printed music, in the right key, especially for funeral requests, weddings, prayer services or praise-and-worship. There are a number of great resources for online music, including CCLI, Christian Copyright Licensing International, Sheet Music Plus (I've included a box to assist you in finding music), Sheet Music Direct, 8notes, MusicNotes and Music-Scores. They usually require a membership or fee to join. Entirely worth it. There are a number of sites that claim "free sheet music," but they usually aren't legitimate and just list a number of links that won't help you.

As a composer, I am keenly aware of the effort it takes to compose, publish and distribute a piece of music. The copyright law protects composers. It is illegal to steal someone's music! Copyright infringement is the use of music protected by copyright law without permission, such as the right to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the protected work, or to make derivative works.[1] The term "piracy" has been used to refer to the unauthorized copying, distribution and selling of works in copyright. The practice of labeling the infringement of exclusive rights in creative works as "piracy" predates statutory copyright law. Those who violated the charter were labeled pirates as early as 1603. [2] For all works created after January 1, 1978, a copyright is valid for the life of the composer + 70 years. [3] Simply put, if you don't follow the law, you risk legal action.

 

 

 

 

[1]  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_infringement

[2] T. Dekker. Wonderfull Yeare, 1603, reprinted by University of Oregon

[3] https://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-duration.html