Friday, December 23, 2005

Music company faces bankruptcy after copyright fight

A classical music company faces a crippling legal bill after losing a legal case on the ownership of copyright in the edited version of an edited music score originally composed for Louis XIV. The artistes involved are horrified that a mere music scholar should be claiming copyright in his edition:
The composer John Rutter wrote of the case that "copyright was not designed to reward scholarship but creativity". Peter Phillips, director of the Tallis Scholars, and a leading editor of music, said: "All the music I perform has to be edited, or we couldn't read it. But copyright should be there, as Rutter said, to reward creativity, not scholarship or diligence. How much an editor did or did not write should never be asked and judged upon during a million-pound lawsuit involving a small and innovative recording company."

How quickly rightholders rush to criticise copyright law when it has an outcome that is not to their taste.

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