Roger Garcia replied to David Jacques's discussion derivative work copyright question
"Well there you go! I fell for a tall tale! But, having heard this information in the past, I still stayed away from it since I had never run across that in the copyright law. Thanks!"
Oct 29, 2013
Brian Schmidt replied to David Jacques's discussion derivative work copyright question
"There are specifics within the copyright law that allow up to 10 seconds (or some amount of length) before it's infringement, but you'd have to read up on the law and make sure you're not violating the rules.

Actually, that is a (well-circulated)…"
Oct 29, 2013
Roger Garcia replied to David Jacques's discussion derivative work copyright question
"Brian makes a great point, but let's not forget that the text itself is copyright protected. When working with High School Bands or Orchestras, I usually send them a contract that indicates they understand the organization(the school) is responsible…"
Oct 29, 2013
Brian Schmidt replied to David Jacques's discussion derivative work copyright question
"A bit of followup...
Creating a work that is "inspired by" but does not use any elements of a copyrighted work is usually not a considered a derivative work.  So in your case, reading a passage of copyrighted text and then composing a melody…"
Aug 16, 2013
Brian Schmidt replied to David Jacques's discussion derivative work copyright question
"I would guess it's not a violation. As long as you credit the author of any words you use.

This is a common misconception.  Crediting the author does not "help" in any way.  A copyright violation is still a copyright violation.
That said, it sounds…"
Aug 15, 2013
Chocolatedog replied to David Jacques's discussion derivative work copyright question
"you might be able to license it as doing a "Cover" version of it through Harry Fox. I would contact them and ask. Legally it is way more complicated than you realize. There is a strong chance it would go under the radar and no one would care....…"
Feb 5, 2013
Michael T replied to David Jacques's discussion derivative work copyright question
"I would guess it's not a violation. As long as you credit the author of any words you use.
In the final analysis, what would the company achieve by sueing? Is any money going to be generated as a result of your commission?"
Oct 11, 2012
Matthew Sear replied to David Jacques's discussion How do you get out of a rut?
"I think this may just help me!

I have been stuck in a rut all this week!

Matt Tyler Hughes said:
Iliterally go in to compositional diarrhea mode and start writing anything that pops into my mind. Literally anything no matter how small it is.…"
May 18, 2012
Sam Umar replied to David Jacques's discussion How do you get out of a rut?
"Just like several others here, when I got blocked I go listen to music that will eventually inspire me (or hopefully lol). Sometimes I just sit on my keyboard and try to write anything. If it doesn't fit with the line I have written before, I will…"
Mar 19, 2012
Doug Lauber replied to David Jacques's discussion How do you get out of a rut?
"For me, it helps to start with a narrow restrictive concept, ie using four instruments, create a busy chaotic section for one measure, followed by a measure or two of silence, an alternating of positive and negative space. Something like this can be…"
Mar 8, 2012
Andrew Highland replied to David Jacques's discussion How do you get out of a rut?
"I listen to the composers I love and I almost always get an idea.  I like Tyler's advice about contrasting improvisation with no limits with composing to a set of rules.  The book "Composing Music: A New Approach" gives some great exercises with…"
Mar 8, 2012
B Gray replied to David Jacques's discussion How do you get out of a rut?
"So many very helpful suggestions.  I would add that, besides just persisting and giving yourself a break from evaluating, there is nothing like the charge of having someone perform and react to a piece.  I get slogged down most by indifference…"
Mar 5, 2012
Anthony Cox replied to David Jacques's discussion How do you get out of a rut?
"I wouldn't mind trying that myself(electrshock)

Fredrick zinos said:
Depending on your view of his music, hypnosis worked (or didn't work) for Rachmoninov. Personally, I favor electrocshock , gets those synaptic junctions out of their rut, which is…"
Jul 26, 2011
Paul H. Muller replied to David Jacques's discussion How do you get out of a rut?
"I find that my best work occurs a few weeks in - I have to write my way into a 'zone' and then everything clicks.  This means about 2/3 of what I create will not seem satisfactory, but I know eventually I will get to the good parts.  So I write each…"
Jul 25, 2011
Doug Lauber replied to David Jacques's discussion How do you get out of a rut?
"That's an excellent idea for those who can actually read music. I'm currently working on a composition that grew out of a simple idea- an idea that I sang into my pocket recorder so I would not forget it. The recorder is a great way to capture ideas…"
Jul 24, 2011
Charles Daniels replied to David Jacques's discussion How do you get out of a rut?
"What I do is simply force myself to write, even if I'm not inspired and the music doesn't seem to come to me. I just write stuff, what ever, its not important if it's not perfect (or even good at all), what's important is to get into the flow. I do…"
Jul 24, 2011
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